Office of Public Affairs
The Office of Public Affairs, administered by the Vice President for Public Affairs, has responsibility for the University's government and community relations. Specifically, the office focuses on building effective relationships with elected and appointed leaders, monitoring legislative and regulatory initiatives, and developing the University's presence among civic and community groups.
The Vice President for Public Affairs serves as the chief government relations officer for the University. In addition to many other functions, the Office of Public Affairs focuses on state legislative affairs and key local initiatives.
The Office of Public Affairs works to establish, build, and maintain relationships with key elected officials and agency representatives. The Office of Public Affairs communicates the University’s interests to regional officials and tracks state legislation for potential impact on the University.
The Vice President for Public Affairs serves as the chief community relations officer for the University. The Office of Public Affairs serves as the University’s clearinghouse for all efforts that involve participation, sponsorship or representation of the University in the surrounding community. This includes activities involving chambers of commerce, business coalitions, civic organizations, and more.
Service and Civic Participation
The Office of Public Affairs previously coordinated the UT Dallas Service & Civic Participation initiative, which encourages students, staff and faculty to track service hours in the community. Participants in this program are eligible to receive Presidential Awards for outstanding service. This effort has now moved to the Office of Diversity and Community Engagement. Please contact that office for more information.