Federal Relations

The mission of UNC Federal Relations is to:

  • Promote UNC's education, research, national security efforts, patient care and public service activities;
  • Increase federal support for all UNC institutions and affiliated entities;
  • Advance the UNC Partnership for National Security, a system-wide effort to develop partnerships with the Department of Defense and the U.S. military;
  • Provide timely response and communications between the University and Members of Congress, congressional staff, the White House, federal agencies, educational associations and media on matters of federal interest;
  • Lead the University’s efforts to formulate and coordinate the federal priorities of UNC’s 17 institutions; and
  • Support our institutions through strategic planning and issues management, monitoring and analysis of federal legislation; and identifying opportunities for faculty to participate in congressional hearings, executive branch advisory groups and task forces and national education forums.  

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

Office of Federal Relations

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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With strong support, the #UNCSystem is one of the least expensive in the country, well below the national average #CollegeOpportunity Thu, 2014-12-04 11:19
The UNC system is dedicated to providing access to an affordable quality education to all #CollegeOpportunity Thu, 2014-12-04 11:10
.@UNC receives largest gift in school history, $100M to benefit Eshelman School of Pharmacy http://t.co/ySbUx2S75F Wed, 2014-12-03 14:56
RT @jonathankappler: after visiting all 17 UNC system institutions, I'm impressed, thankful, & proud (as I think all of NC should be!) http… Wed, 2014-11-26 10:53
.@WCU’s Marching Band will be performing tomorrow at the 88th annual @Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade! http://t.co/7JZZcsmNhc Wed, 2014-11-26 10:52
RT @emdesquire: Final meeting with our visitors from Oman. Look what they gave me. #uncgafedrel http://t.co/qfb2zLkPgg Tue, 2014-11-25 13:03
.@NCCU is celebrating International Education Week with a host of events http://t.co/V2iuPg78HW Wed, 2014-11-19 10:37
Take a look at .@AppState’s events celebrating International Education Week http://t.co/aJrxOPYlWw Tue, 2014-11-18 15:00
Check out how .@ECSU is celebrating International Education Week http://t.co/tlC04fcCWv Tue, 2014-11-18 13:45
@ncatsuaggies celebrate International Education Week with a host of activities http://t.co/nYmBjbAiW1 Tue, 2014-11-18 12:55
To honor International Education Week, we will be tweeting about events which UNC campuses are hosting. Tue, 2014-11-18 12:55
Great article on @EastCarolina's new veteran Memorial Walk https://t.co/OiCwQux0St #HonorVets Tue, 2014-11-18 08:32
Medal of Honor recipient Kyle White was recognized at the @Panthers game yesterday! #HonorVets http://t.co/FzyMPwjcRH Mon, 2014-11-17 12:19
@UNCG opened their new student veteran’s resource center this week http://t.co/cpCNINOMvh Fri, 2014-11-14 10:43
@ncatsuaggies new student veteran center. http://t.co/AkPNhEvwpH Fri, 2014-11-14 09:49
(1) @ncatsuaggies opened a new center for student veterans this week: http://t.co/39T6cByde7 Fri, 2014-11-14 09:47
@ncatsuaggies to open Veterans Center on Nov. 13th http://t.co/WlTgA11dGg Tue, 2014-11-11 16:29
@UNCG to open Veteran Resource Center today at 4:30pm http://t.co/v4yqcVcMey Tue, 2014-11-11 12:53
RT @NCState: Flags representing the 1,191 veterans at #NCState. Today we salute you and all who have served. #VeteransDay http://t.co/ZCx0N Tue, 2014-11-11 12:20
@WCU hosting special panel on combat vets http://t.co/vmCiPvz7dM Tue, 2014-11-11 12:09