University Affairs Overview

Office of the Vice President for University Affairs

The Office of University Affairs at the University of Nebraska oversees strategic communication and marketing, events, and state and federal government relations for the University system—promoting positive relations and outcomes between the University of Nebraska and its many constituents. Each functional area focuses on the following:

Government Relations

  • Securing funding and legislation that enables NU to provide research, teaching and service
  • Working with both state and federal elected officials and agencies in providing information and research findings that assist their policy work
  • Advocating issues of importance to the University, and coordinating legislative priorities for NU
  • Monitoring federal and state legislation that impacts higher education


  • Creating and executing University-wide communication, marketing and public relations strategies
  • Overseeing University-wide work around branding and reputation, digital, social media, market research and public relations
  • Handling all media relations, as well as managing open records and other communication-related inquiries
  • Issues and crisis management
  • Planning and managing all events hosted by the President and Central Administration leadership

Key Contacts



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Vice President for University Affairs

Erin Cooper

Erin Cooper

Executive Assistant & Project Coordinator