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Government Relations

Federal Relations

  • Works with federal officials to secure support and educate them on UTMB needs and priorities
  • Works with elected congressional officials and their staff on UTMB's behalf
  • Meets with federal government officials on grant funding opportunities
  • Coordinates campus visits for federal officials and their staff
  • Coordinates meetings for UTMB staff in Washington, DC with federal officials
  • Conveys UTMB’s position on proposed federal legislation
  • Assists UTMB staff with securing federal government approvals
  • Highly involved in the Juneteenth Celebration - Galveston holds the distinction of being the site of the first reading of President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation in the southern U.S. UTMB helps commemorate this extraordinary moment with an annual event on the grounds of the city’s historic Ashton Villa where the original reading of the proclamation was held.

Douglas W. Matthews
Assistant Vice President,       Government Relations
(409) 747-2791

State Relations

Lauren E. Sheer
Vice President,
Legislative Affairs
(512) 609-8046

  • Works with state elected officials, their staff, and state agencies on UTMB issues
  • Monitors and coordinates UTMB participation in legislative committee hearings and studies
  • Coordinates campus tours and other educational activities for state legislative, executive and agency officials and their staffs
  • Serves as point of contact for elected officials’ constituent issues related to UTMB
  • Serves as resource for UTMB communities (students, faculty, alumni, etc) regarding state issues
  • Analyzes UTMB and other data and legislative information, and prepares analytical materials for use with UTMB communities, legislative offices, and other state officials and staff

F. Ryan Micks
Assistant Vice President, Government Relations
(409) 747-2793