Government & Community Relations

Government and Community Relations, in the Office of University Relations, serves the interests of the University of Arizona with elected and appointed officials, government agencies and bodies, and their staffs. The division is comprised of Community, State and Federal Relations, and Presidential Events and Visitor Services.

As the university’s principal government advocate, Government and Community Relations aims to:

  • Develop and maintain strong working relationships with policymakers
  • Identify issues of interest to the campus community
  • Inform University administration of emerging policies
  • Establish the University’s agenda when interacting with all levels of government
  • Promote the University’s land-grant mission as a key resource to state and federal stakeholders

Advocacy efforts are conducted in collaboration with and at the direction of the Executive Office of the President.

Tim Bee, Vice President

As vice president of government and community relations, Tim Bee is the primary liaison between the University of Arizona and local, state, and federal government. He joined the University in June of 2011 following his appointment as director of the governor’s Southern Arizona office by Governor Janice K. Brewer in 2009. As a former state senator, senate majority leader, and president of the senate, Tim was widely acknowledged for his successful efforts to build consensus by working with members of both parties to find common sense solutions to state policy issues. Tim is a third-generation native of Arizona and was born and raised in Tucson.