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State Relations

VT StatehouseThe Office of University Relations represents the University of Vermont in numerous state venues, including state agencies, public and private organizations, and the Vermont legislature. In addition, the office:

  • Works closely with the President and Provost and other senior academic and administrative officers to educate the citizens and leaders of Vermont about the priorities, programs, resources and needs of the University
  • Serves as a key contact point for communications between the University and state leaders
  • Manages a comprehensive process to monitor and influence state legislative and regulatory activity and executive policies affecting higher education and the University of Vermont
  • Coordinates the University's participation on the Commission on Higher Education Funding and other state committees and councils important to the University community

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Clarence photoClarence Davis, State Relations Director
Clarence.Davis@uvm.edu, 802-656-2593

Special Assistant to the President & Director of State Relations

Clarence E. Davis joined the University of Vermont in 2008 as the Director of State Relations and was appointed to serve as Special Assistant to the President in September 2013. Prior to joining the University of Vermont, Clarence served as a Congressional Assistant to the Honorable Bernard Sanders; Development Underwriter for the Vermont Housing Finance Agency, Director of HomeOwnership Programs for the Central Vermont Community Land Trust, and as Vice President and Vermont State Manager for the First American Title Insurance Corporation.

He has experience in a wide variety of state and local public policy subject areas. Clarence’s expertise is in strategic planning, public relations, relationship building, organizational analysis, regulatory compliance, policy development and implementation. He also has extensive experience in problem solving and consensus building in rapidly evolving business and political environments.

Clarence was raised in the Bronx, NY. He has served in the United States Navy and is a graduate of Norwich University, the Military College of Vermont. Additionally, Clarence has completed a four-year legal clerkship and is eligible to practice law in Vermont upon admission to the Vermont Bar.

A passionate believer in community service, he was elected to the Burlington City Council in 2006 where he served the residents of Burlington until 2010. Clarence continues his community service as a board member on several local non-profit boards.

Clarence resides in Burlington with his family. His interests include cooking and playing music. Clarence is a student of the martial art of Aikido and continues to challenge himself physically through running and obstacle racing.

Authority and Responsibilities

As Special Assistant to the President and Director of State Relations, Clarence represents the University of Vermont in numerous state venues, including the Executive Branch, state agencies, public and private organizations, and the Vermont Legislature. In addition, he:
  • Works closely with the President, Provost and other senior academic and administrative officers to educate the citizens and leaders of Vermont about the priorities, programs, resources and needs of the University
  • Serves as a key contact point for communications between the University and state leaders
  • Manages a comprehensive process to monitor and influence state legislative and regulatory activity and executive policies affecting higher education and the University of Vermont
  • Provides oversight and management of the President’s Office, including the budget assigned to the President’s Office and coordination of the President’s calendar and time requests of the President
  • Serves as a representative of the President when he is not able to attend or is unable to meet with constituents
  • Provides advice and coordination on matters related to the Board of Trustees, including but not limited to agenda setting, and post meeting follow up in conjunction with the Coordinator of Board Relations
  • Acts as a spokesperson for the President when delegated to do so

Relevant Website Links

Office of the President Office of the Board of Trustees

 

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