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Pam Russell
Senior Director of Communications


For Immediate Release
October 17, 2017

State Relations Leaders in California, Georgia Honored for their Work

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Council for Advancement and Support of Education has announced the recipients of its 2017 Service Awards in State Government Relations.

Dene Sheheane, vice president of government and community relations for the Georgia Institute of Technology, is the recipient of the Marvin D. "Swede" Johnson Achievement Award. Tim Farley, director, government and community relations at Saint Mary's College of California, will receive the 2017 Edwin Crawford Award for Innovation.

The honorees will be recognized at an awards luncheon on Dec. 7, 2017 at the 2017 Higher Education Government Relations Conference in San Diego, California.

Dene SheheaneSheheane was selected to receive the Marvin D. "Swede" Johnson award for his leadership in Georgia state government relations and specifically for his work for the Georgia Institute of Technology. During his nearly 30-year career, Sheheane has worked with five Georgia governors while serving Georgia State University and Georgia Tech. Among his many accomplishments at Georgia Tech, Sheheane secured multiyear state funding for the construction of Georgia Tech's Engineered Biosystems Building and played a key role in securing state funding to create nearly half a million square feet of central space on campus dedicated for student use. According to Georgia Tech President G.P. "Bud" Peterson, "These successes are directly attributed to the trust and relationships Dene has developed over his career. His ability to read a situation and adjust for effective outcomes is unparalleled among his peers."

Tim FarleyFarley is being honored for his advocacy work and leadership in elevating Saint Mary's College's profile among California legislators and staff. Prior to his work at Saint Mary's College, Farley served in elected office and on the staff for California state legislators and has successfully leveraged these relationships to advocate for issues important to his institution. According to Christopher Sindt, vice provost for academic affairs at Saint Mary's College, Farley has "built an impressive program of community outreach and partnerships" and that the institution's government and community relations program is considered "one of the most effective in the state of California and has become a model for other colleges." And one community leader recently commended Farley's work, saying "Tim Farley's extraordinary gifts as a communicator and problem solver make him such an asset to our region. His passion and dedication to higher education are unrivaled."

The two awards are given annually for leadership in state relations and institutional advocacy. They are the only national awards in higher education state relations, a field that encompasses advocacy and outreach efforts on behalf of colleges and universities to governors, state legislators and other key policymakers.

The awards are administered by the American Association of Community Colleges, the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education.

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