Government Relations
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Govt Relations

Kevin Roper

Executive Assistant to the President for Government Relations

Kevin is responsible for government relations which works with elected officials on legislative and funding issues for the University. In addition, he coordinates with faculty on federal and agency funding for research programs and with state legislators and officials on capital funding and legislative and contract issues through the University's "Insourcing" program. He works with local governments and school boards. His office hosts elected officials when attending events on campus.

Phone: 901/678-5561
E-mail: kfroper@memphis.edu
Office: 322 Administration Bldg

 Travis Green

Travis Green

Government and Constituent Relations Assistant

Travis assists the President and Executive Assistant for Government Relations in developing and maintaining relationships with federal, state, and local elected officials.  He also monitors and advances the University‚Äôs legislative issues at all levels, while serving as the primary contact for the University with federal officials and lobbyists in Washington, D.C.  Travis works with the faculty members and University administrators regarding special and external funding opportunities.  Travis coordinates and plans legislative events on campus, in Nashville, and in D.C. For the Papasan Public Policy Institute, Travis helps plans forums, including securing sponsorships and panel participants.  He researches each topic, providing information and questions for the discussions.  Travis also works with constituents including the Board of Visitors, Alumni, and other supporters in regards to the University's legislative agenda. 

Phone: 901-678-4966
E-mail: tgreen2@memphis.edu
Office: 322 Administration Bldg

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Jenci Spradlin

Government and Community Relations Liaison, Lambuth Campus

Jenci assists the president and executive assistant for government relations in developing and maintaining positive relations with communities, organizations, and government agencies throughout West Tennessee through partnerships and initiatives that serve the goals of the university and those constituents in a mutually-beneficial manner. She acts as a liaison between the University of Memphis and government decision makers at the local, state and federal level to promote the priorities of the university. She also helps the university obtain necessary funding and advocates for public policy that supports the university's teaching, research and public service programs. On the Lambuth Campus, Jenci works with neighborhood and community groups, facilitating partnerships and dialogues between the university's students, faculty, and staff and community organizations and representatives, and helps to direct university resources toward vital community-defined needs and goals. She also serves as the director of the Papasan Policy Institute, planning forums on issues of relevant interest to primary constituent groups.

 

 Phone: 731-425-1944
E-mail: jsprdlin@memphis.edu
Office: Rm 320A V.J. Hall

 

 

Beverly Cook

Coordinator, Government Relations

Beverly coordinates the daily office activities of the office of Government Relations including coordination of the calendar, phones, mail; manages the budget, and assists in planning special events, etc. She also manages the administrative activities of the West TN Seismic Safety Commission. She communicates with board members, manages the budget, coordinates board meetings and special events, handles correspondence, etc. and is the liaison with state government on their behalf.

Phone: 901/678-5561
E-mail: becook@memphis.edu
Office: 322 Administration Bldg

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