LAWRENCE — The University of Kansas has named Kelly Reynolds, who earned her bachelor’s degree from KU in 2005, to serve as the university’s new director of state relations.
Reynolds will be state policymakers’ primary point of contact at KU and will work closely with university stakeholders, including alumni, to advocate on behalf of KU’s state priorities. Reynolds will report to Timothy Caboni, vice chancellor for public affairs, who announced the hiring today.
“Kelly brings tremendous experience in higher education and state government in Kansas, as well as a background in federal affairs and campaign work, and will make an outstanding addition to the Office of Public Affairs and the University of Kansas,” Caboni said. “I look forward to working with her to advocate on behalf of the university and to identify opportunities for KU to partner with elected officials to create a healthier, more prosperous Kansas.”
Reynolds currently serves as assistant director of government relations at Wichita State University. In her role at WSU, Reynolds has assisted in developing and administering government relations strategies for the university in consultation with university executives. Her responsibilities have included tracking legislation and policy issues at the federal, state and local levels that affect the university's governance and finances, as well as working with departments to facilitate appearances by government officials on campus.
Prior to joining WSU, she was the assistant to the vice president of institutional advancement at Newman University and regional e-campaign director in Ohio and Pennsylvania for presidential candidate and Arizona Sen. John McCain. Reynolds graduated from KU in 2005 with a bachelor’s degree in political science. She is a native of Wichita.
“I am excited to join my alma mater and have the opportunity to advocate on its behalf in the Kansas Statehouse,” Reynolds said. “The University of Kansas plays a vital role in growing the Kansas economy and building healthy communities statewide, and I look forward to partnering with lawmakers to advance that mission on behalf of all Kansans.”
For details on KU’s state relations efforts, visit the Office of Public Affairs’ state relations page.