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UCO Administrator Named Chair-Elect To National Government Relations Task Force

Mark Kinders

Dec. 12, 2012

Media Contact:  Courtney Harlin, University Relations Staff Writer, University of Central Oklahoma, (405) 974-2121,


The National Task Force on Higher Education Government Relations selected Mark Kinders, University of Central Oklahoma vice president for public affairs, as chair-elect during the task force’s annual conference in late November.

“The confidence my peers have shown in me through this election is a tremendous personal honor and is a recognition of the University of Central Oklahoma’s exceptional commitment in responding to society’s needs to provide graduates who will contribute immeasurably to our state’s future,” said Kinders.

He will begin his position as chair during the 2014 Higher Education Government Relations Conference.

He has a strong record of involvement with the task force, currently serving as the American Association of State Colleges and Universities’ (AASCU) delegate. He is in his fourth year of a six-year term on the body.

UCO President Don Betz, Ph.D., believes Kinders will provide essential leadership as the relationships between governmental bodies and institutions of higher education continue to rapidly evolve.

“Mark is a trusted colleague who will add invaluable insight and experience as we explore new ways to partner with government agencies. His involvement also elevates the University of Central Oklahoma, solidifying this institution’s growing role on the national stage,” Betz said.

The task force sponsors the nationwide Higher Education Government Relations Conference that brings public policy advocates, presidents, regents and other higher education leaders together to discuss state and national trends generated by governors, state legislators, Congress, and the federal administration. Attendees are updated on federal and state public policy initiatives, global challenges, and best practices to improve America’s global competitiveness through higher education.

The national task force is comprised of 20 representatives from four higher education associations, including AASCU, the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities, the American Association of Community Colleges, and the Council for the Advancement of Support of Education.

Collectively, the four associations represent more than 14.9 million students at American public higher education universities and colleges.

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Cutline: Mark Kinders, University of Central Oklahoma vice president for public affairs, was selected as chair-elect to a higher education task force that sponsors a nationwide conference on public higher education government relations.