Meet the Governmental Relations Staff

Sue Peterson

 

Dr. Sue Peterson
Director of Governmental Relations
Office of the President/Governmental Relations
110 Anderson Hall
785-532-6227
skp@k-state.edu

 

Sue serves as Director of Governmental Relations, Assistant to the President of Kansas State University.  She has served in this capacity since 1989 moving to her alma mater from the Office of Kansas Governor Mike Hayden.  In her role at K-State, Sue has direct responsibility for all Kansas State University liaison activities with the Kansas Legislature, Kansas executive branch agencies and the Kansas Congressional delegation.  Sue serves as the Chair of the University State Relations Committee and the University Federal Relations Committee.  As K-State’s Director of Governmental Relations Sue works with the campus to establish K-State’s state and federal legislative requests and priorities in consultation with the President.

Sue is a founding member of the Kansas Board of Regents Council on Governmental Relations.  She also helped found the Big XII Council of Governmental Relations Officers and hosted the first ever Big XII governmental relations retreat on the K-State campus in the fall of 2006.  Sue serves as a member of the Association of Public and Land Grant Universities Council on Governmental Affairs (CGA) and is serving her second term on the CGA Executive Committee.

Sue earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Kansas State University, a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Kansas, and a Doctor of Philosophy from Kansas State University.

Sue is married to Charlie, Senior Associate Athletic Director for K-State. They reside in Manhattan.

   

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Kristin Holt
Assistant to the Director
Office of the President/Governmental Relations
110 Anderson Hall
785-532-6227
kristinh@k-state.edu

 

Kristin Holt serves as Assistant to the Director of Governmental Relations. She oversees the day to day operations of the office and supports Dr. Peterson’s efforts to advocate for Kansas State University on local, state and national levels.  Some of her responsibilities include writing the monthly newsletter, coordinating the annual Expression of University Strengths document and organizing special events for the Governmental Relations office.  Kristin also sits on the 8020 University Committee on Governmental Issues and the State and Federal Relations Committees.

After graduating from K-State with a degree in Marketing and International Business, Kristin served as Deputy Communications Director for Governor Bill Graves and later Communications Director for Kansas Senate Majority Leader Lana Oleen.  A Manhattan native, she returned home and worked at the KSU Foundation and most recently as Member Services Manager at the Manhattan Area Chamber of Commerce. 

 

Garrett Kays

 

Garrett Kays
Legislative Assistant
Office of the President/Governmental Relations
110 Anderson Hall
785-532-6227
kgkays@k-state.edu

 

Garrett Kays serves as a Governmental Relations intern to Dr. Sue Peterson in the Office of the President. Garrett is originally from Pittsburg, Kansas and attended St Mary's Colgan High School. He is a sophomore at K-State studying Agricultural Economics with a minor in Animal Science and Industry. Garrett's involvement at K-State includes College of Agriculture Ambassadors, Quest Freshmen Honorary, Collegiate Farm Bureau, and Agricultural Economics/ Agribusiness Club.  Some of his leadership roles consist of Student Governing Association Senator, Student Foundation Board member, Ag Ambassador Director of Alumni Relations, and is a member of the Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity. 

 

 

 

Ben Brown          

Ben Brown
Legislative Assistant
Office of the President/Governmental Relations
110 Anderson Hall
785-532-6227
bpbrown@ksu.edu

 

Ben Brown serves as a Governmental Relations intern to Dr. Sue Peterson in the Office of the President.  Ben grew up in Appleton City, Missouri on a diversified crop and livestock farm.  At Kansas State Ben is a Junior Majoring in Agriculture Economics with a specialty in Agronomy. He is involved with College of Agriculture Ambassadors, Wheat State Agronomy Club, Agriculture Economics/ Agribusiness Club, Student Alumni Board, and Collegiate Farm Bureau. His leadership roles consist of  Student Governing Association Senator for the College of Agriculture, Senate Operations Standing Committee Chair, Recruitment, Events and Visits Coordinator for the College of Agriculture, and Director of Alumni Relations for Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity.

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