Georgia Tech's connections to the University System of GA & Beyond

November 8, 2016, 11:00am-Noon
Student Center, Room 319

The Office of the Vice President for Government and Community Relations (GCR) is Georgia Tech’s primary connection to federal, state, and local governments and communities. GCR works to ensure Georgia Tech’s strategic priorities receive recognition and support from local, state, and federal government partners. Through active advocacy and relationship-building, GCR is centered on enhancing the image of Georgia Tech and building support for its causes. Through campus visits, district visits, and briefings at the State Capitol and on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., GCR shares knowledge and support, and showcases Georgia Tech’s tradition of excellence. This presentation will provide an overview of the office's three main departments and who they serve, as well as information about the office’s role with the University System of Georgia Board of Regents.

Dene Sheheane

Vice President - Government and Community Relations, Georgia Tech

An alumnus of Georgia Tech, Dene Sheheane returned to lead the government relations unit in 2007 after 13 years at Georgia State University where he was Associate Vice President for External Affairs. Dene's more than 25-year career in government relations began in 1990 working in the administration of Georgia Governor Joe Frank Harris followed by a term with the administration of Governor Zell Miller. Dene holds a Bachelor of Science in Management from Georgia Tech and a Master of Business Administration from Georgia State.

Robert Knotts

Director, Federal Relations

Robert Knotts is the Director of Federal Relations at Georgia Tech, based in Georgia Tech’s Washington, D.C. office, where he has worked since 2007. Prior to that, he worked for five years as a legislative staffer for a senior Member of Congress who serves on the House Armed Services Committee and the House Education and Workforce Committee. Robert is a veteran of the U.S. Army where he served as an active duty field artillery officer and deployed to Kosovo as part of Operation Joint Guardian. He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Chris Burke

Director, Community Relations

Chris Burke joined Georgia Tech’s Office of Government and Community Relations as Director of Community Relations in 2011, where he works with local government, business, religious, and civic leaders to assure that Tech plays an integral part at improving the quality of life in the metro-Atlanta region. Chris also co-teaches a class, Semester in the City, that provides students a platform for understanding how urban neighborhoods function, and how public policy has shaped urban communities. Prior to Georgia Tech, Chris spent more than 17 years working in housing and community development, including The Atlanta Project, the American Planning Association, and the Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association.

Casey Aultman

Manager, Legislative Advocacy

Casey Aultman graduated from Georgia Tech in 2013 with a degree in International Affairs. Upon graduation, she joined Georgia Tech's Office of Government and Community Relations’s state relations team. Casey serves as a liaison to all levels of state government and manages Georgia Tech’s legislative advocacy program, the Capitol Jackets. Casey worked as a State Senate staff member for two legislative sessions while studying at Georgia Tech, and is currently enrolled in graduate school working toward a master’s degree in Public Administration.