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Meet the Governmental Relations Staff

Sue Peterson


Dr. Sue Peterson
Director of Governmental Relations
Office of the President/Governmental Relations
110 Anderson Hall

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 third term on the CGA Executive Committee and second term as Secretary of the Council. In 2012, Sue was awarded the Marvin D. "Swede" Johnson Achievement Award which is administered by the AACC, AASCU, APLU and CASE. 

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

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.  




Asher Gilliland
Legislative Assistant
Office of the President/Governmental Relations
110 Anderson Hall


Asher Gilliland serves as a Governmental Relations intern to Dr. Sue Peterson in the Office of the President. Asher is originally from Topeka, Kansas and attended Washburn Rural High School. He is a senior majoring in Finance and Accounting. In a previous role he served as State Relations Director for the Student Governing Association. He is also a member of the Student Finance Association and FarmHouse Fraternity, where he currently serves as Vice President.

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