The Government Relations Committee shall be responsible for monitoring federal and state legislation and legislative initiatives pertinent to college admissions and primary and secondary school counseling. The Government Relations Committee informs members of issues of concern with regards to education and college access initiatives both at the state and national level.  NACAC provides resources to help members connect with legislators and learn of pending legislation, as well as provides templates for contacting national leaders on topics identified as priority issues.

Please visit the SACAC event calendar for a list of upcoming state events.

Click here to view the SACAC 101 Advocacy webinar.

Government Relations Leadership

Committee Members

Government Relations State Chairs

Alabama:  Andrew Colson and Bailee Drummond, University of Alabama at Birmingham
Arkansas: Steve Colley, Waypoint College Consulting and Wendell Scales, Jr., Arkansas Lighthouse Academies
Florida: Rose Llanos, Lynn University and Frank Thomas, Rollins College
Georgia: Bryan Cooper, Whitefield Academy and Sandria Mason, University of Pittsburgh
Louisiana: Marshall Gray, Episcopal School of Acadiana
Mississippi: 
North Carolina: Amy Robinette, North East Carolina Prep School
South Carolina: Kyle Conrad, Winthrop University and Taylor Anne Haigler, Lander University
Tennessee: Emily Lamb, Intrepid College Prep, Kelly O’Mara, Baylor School, and Katherine Wood, Tennessee Tech


State Links:

Alabama

Governor’s Office
Legislature – House of Representatives and Senate
Department of Education
Commission on Higher Education

Arkansas

Governor’s Office
House of Representatives
Senate
Department of Education
Department of Higher Education

Florida

Governor’s Office
House of Representatives
Senate
Department of Education
Higher Education – Board of Governors

Georgia

Governor’s Office
General Assembly – House of Representatives and Senate
Department of Education
Board of Regents – University System of Georgia

Louisiana

Governor’s Office
Louisiana Legislature – House of Representatives and Senate
Department of Education
Board of Regents

Mississippi

Governor’s Office
Legislature – House of Representatives and Senate
Department of Education
Institutions of Higher Education

North Carolina

Governor’s Office
General Assembly – House of Representatives and Senate
Department of Public Instruction / Board of Education

South Carolina

Governor’s Office
Legislature – House of Representatives and Senate
Department of Education
Commission on Higher Education

Tennessee

Governor’s Office
Legislature – House of Representatives and Senate
Department of Education
Higher Education Commission

Caribbean Government Websites

Puerto Rico
Commonwealth of the Bahamas
United States Virgin Islands
British Virgin Islands
Jamaica
Commonwealth of Dominica
St. Kitts and Nevis


Other Resources

From NACAC’s 2018 Day on the Hill: Kelly Leon (Institute for Higher Education Policy) delivered our keynote address, which we broadcast on Facebook Live. She was outstanding in framing how to effectively talk about the value of education to those that are skeptical about such a large investment.

Students Without Status: Understanding and Protecting the Rights of Undocumented Immigrant Students webinar on October 18, 2017 information here.