Federal Relations

The mission of UNC Federal Relations is to promote UNC’s education, research, national security efforts, patient care, and public service activities in an effort to increase federal support for all UNC institutions and affiliated entities.  This office serves as the primary liaison between the University and Members of Congress, congressional staff, the White House, federal agencies, educational associations and media on matters of federal interest.  

UNC Federal Relations also leads the University’s efforts to formulate and coordinate the federal priorities of UNC’s 17 campuses.   The federal relations team provides support and service to our institutions by: strategic planning and issues management; responding to legislative inquiries; monitoring and analysis of federal legislation; identifying opportunities for our faculty to participate in congressional hearings, executive branch advisory groups and task forces, and national education forums; and promoting UNC campuses’ research, partnership for national security, and policy agendas with agencies and Congressional members. 

Finally, the UNC Office of Federal Relations leads the UNC Partnership for National Security, a system-wide effort to develop partnerships with the Department of Defense and the U.S. Military.  The team’s work is devoted to executing projects in cooperation with the North Carolina-based military community.  Special partnerships are established with the United States Army Special Operations Command (USASOC), the Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command (MARSOC), the Maritime Civil Affairs and Security Training Command (MCAST), the Army Research Office (ARO), the Fleet Readiness Center East (FRC-East) and the North Carolina National Guard (NCNG).  

What is the campus role in Federal Relations?

Each Chancellor shall designate a campus officer to carry out the function of a Federal Relations Officer (FRO). Collectively, campus federal relations officers make up the UNC Federal Relations Council.


The University of North Carolina


Chapel Hill Office
910 Raleigh Road
Chapel Hill, NC  27515


Washington Office
750 1st Street NE, Suite 1110
Washington, DC 20002 

Kimrey W. Rhinehardt 
Vice President for Federal Relations

Bradley R. Ballou
Director of Federal Relations

Emily M. Dickens
Assistant Vice President for Federal Relations


UNC Federal Relations on Twitter (@UNCGAFedRel)

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Our own @emdesquire met with Class of 2019 UNC prospects from her hometown, #NYC. #payitforward http://t.co/lo34l403yh Fri, 2014-10-17 16:07
@UNC wins over $9M in grants from @usedgov for International Programs http://t.co/Ga6RfD6Ors Fri, 2014-10-17 12:41
@uncpembroke wins $1M federal grant from @HHS for mental health http://t.co/hIgIC4CMI4 Wed, 2014-10-15 10:38
@WSSURAMS receives more than $2M in grants from @usedgov http://t.co/IgGNTuPG4j Mon, 2014-10-13 13:22
@NCCU awarded $932,293 grant from @usedgov to deliver services to children at-risk for developmental disabilities.http://t.co/qY98rJw6La Thu, 2014-10-09 12:54
@uncfsu to kick off three year cyber STEM initiative http://t.co/TrjKtf6Ndt Wed, 2014-10-08 08:54
#funfactfriday @ncatsuaggies student invited to attend White House Maker’s Faire http://t.co/0ybHjhK2Qa Fri, 2014-09-26 16:07
#funfactfriday @NCState researchers identify health-promoting walnut ingredients, powered by grant from @USDA http://t.co/s4BniHtO1E Fri, 2014-09-26 15:47
#funfactfriday @UNC receives $28M grant from @NIH to study adolescent health http://t.co/vaTVTpVtaD Fri, 2014-09-26 15:39
@uncfsu cited as one of Nation's top schools for veterans http://t.co/4N0bUWjPqt Fri, 2014-09-26 13:51
RT @DuchessOChatham: UNC system faculty and staff discuss fed regs & the "burden w/o benefit." State authorization & Accreditation. http:/… Thu, 2014-09-25 10:34
We're pleased to host @ACEducation today at UNC Gen Administration to discuss the current state of higher education policy and fed regs. Thu, 2014-09-25 10:34
@ACEducation Pres Molly Broad and @ncatsuaggies Chan. Martin lead talks @UNCGAFedRel on fed regs "burden w/o benefit" http://t.co/RQGbV4UQTq Thu, 2014-09-25 10:24
Warren Whitlock of USDOT commends NC DOT for being ahead of the national curve and for partnering heavily with NC's great HBCUs #HBCUWeek Mon, 2014-09-22 15:21
#HBCUWeek http://t.co/xLDxLLmXb0 Mon, 2014-09-22 15:01
. @GKButterfield providing opening remarks on the importance of new revenue streams at HBCUs #HBCUWeek http://t.co/8UxOB67rXP Mon, 2014-09-22 15:00
Our own @emdesquire is about to moderate a panel on public-private partnerships at the White House HBCU Conference #HBCUWeek Mon, 2014-09-22 14:40
#funfactfriday @NCCU receives $897K grant from @HHS to research HIV prevention http://t.co/DUiqTQzP1j Fri, 2014-09-19 13:32
#funfactfriday @uncpembroke receives $500K grant from @HHS to help fight infant mortality http://t.co/oC9wlUnxMO Fri, 2014-09-19 08:16
RT @AbbieLieberman: Hawaii, NC, and Washington lead the way in public college affordability http://t.co/gmKN81g4ja #underminingpell http://… Wed, 2014-09-17 14:59