Office of External Affairs

The North Carolina State University Office of External Affairs is the voice of campus communications with State and local government officials and serves as liaison with all State, City, and County governmental agencies.

The goals of the External Affairs Office include increasing the visibility of NC State and effectively sharing campus concerns and priorities with members of the North Carolina General Assembly and local governments throughout North Carolina, specifically Raleigh and Wake County. Working to educate elected and appointed governmental officials about NC State’s contributions as a premier university focused in the areas of teaching, research, and extension is the primary mission of this office. To achieve this mission, the Office of External Affairs provides timely information and assistance with problem solving related to NC State’s public service role as a land-grant university.

The Assistant to the Chancellor for External Affairs serves as the University’s primary liaison with state and local elected and appointed officials. This individual serves as one of 10 Executive Officers who address and provide advice on major developing issues on and off campus, including key operational issues and issues of policy, regulations, programs, and institutional structure. The Assistant to the Chancellor directly reports to the Chancellor. Under the aegis of the Office of External Affairs is the NC State University Board of Visitors, an advisory board to the Board of Trustees and the Chancellor that advocates for NC State University in achieving its three-tiered mission of teaching, research, and extension and engagement.

The Chancellor has further extended the outreach capabilities of the Office of External Affairs through the creation of the Office of Federal Research Affairs.

The Office of Federal Research Affairs
The Office of Federal Research Affairs has three missions: to increase understanding and support for NC State’s federal agenda, primarily focusing on NC State’s federal research initiatives; to communicate to NC State stakeholders the federal policy changes that are contemplated; and to affect change on those policies when they would adversely affect the operations of NC State.

Over the past year, the Office of Federal Research Affairs has increased the visibility of NC State to members of Congress, personal congressional staff, agency officials, congressional committee staff, and other universities and university associations through participation in association events, briefings in DC, one-on-one meetings with members and congressional staff, and social and professional visits to NC State’s campus for tours of facilities, athletic events, and other gatherings of importance.

The Director of Federal Research Affairs works in cooperation with the Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation, Dr. Terri L. Lomax.