The Office of University Relations works closely with national organizations and leaders in higher education, the federal administration, the Congress, and particularly Vermont's own Congressional delegation to support higher education in general and promote the value of the University of Vermont to the citizens of the state and society at large.  In addition, the office:

  • Seeks opportunities at the national level to advance the goals and the priorities of the University through Congressional or executive action
  • Monitors federal legislation and regulations and advocates for federal appropriations to support University programs, research and operations
  • Facilitates a comprehensive, University-wide process to identify, prioritize, and communicate key initiatives for federal legislation and funding
  • Links University students, faculty, and administrators to members of Congress, the executive branch, and national organizations on matters of mutual interest


Wendy Koenig

Wendy Koenig, Director of Federal and State Relations, (802) 656-5690

Wendy Koenig has a broad range of experience relating to higher education, politics and business.  She began her career in Washington D.C., working for a grass-roots lobbying firm on defense appropriations issues. Over the course of her career, she went on to work for a higher education search and consulting firm, opened a flag-ship office for a new media company in New York City and moved to Vermont in 2001 to head up the Asssociation of Vermont Independent Colleges. While there, she served her 18 member colleges by lobbying on the state and federal levels, coordinating joint academic programs and professional development activities, and procuring grants and federal funds. In July 2008, she joined the staff of the Office of University Relations at UVM as the Director of Federal Relations. In 2015, Ms. Koenig became the Director of Federal and State Relations for the University.

Ms. Koenig has served on a number of non-profit boards including: The Girl Scout Council of Vermont, The Vermont Teacher Diversity Scholarship Program and is a member of the Board of Trustees at Sterling College. Wendy enjoys sailing on Lake Champlain with her partner Greg Tomczyk. During the long winter months, you can find her baking or reading historial fiction.