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    The University of Dayton is actively involved in the surrounding local government and thriving cities throughout the Dayton area. We make it a point to stay up-to-date on local issues and aware of legislation impacting the Dayton community. As a University, we take pride in the fact that local leaders are also our friends and neighbors. We work together as UD supports the community and vice versa. 

    UD colleagues are respectively asked to coordinate university-related conversations with elected officials' offices with the Government Relations Director, Ted Bucaro (229-4158) or the appropriate Research Institute colleague. Any conversations with elected officials concerning personal matters or those not related to the university require no such coordination.

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    By supporting and maintaining our relationships with our state public officials and their staffs, the University’s government relations office is able to stay up-to-date on legislation that impacts our University, the city of Dayton, higher education and elections. We network with Dayton alumni working in state government, and attend state meetings and events with state officials.  And, as the state’s largest independent university, we are an important and active advisor on state education issues.

    UD colleagues are respectively asked to coordinate university-related conversations with elected officials' offices with the Government Relations Director, Ted Bucaro (229-4158) or the appropriate Research Institute colleague. Any conversations with elected officials concerning personal matters or those not related to the university require no such coordination.

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    The University’s government relations office knows the importance of staying educated on current federal legislation and its impact on our University and higher education in Ohio and the United States. That’s why we continue to foster relationships with federal officials by hosting their visits to campus and attending meetings, conferences and events with them to show our dedication. The University also makes our own visits to Capitol Hill to keep up with elections, current events and to network with our own Dayton alumni working in Washington D.C.

    UD colleagues are respectively asked to coordinate university-related conversations with elected officials' offices with the Government Relations Director, Ted Bucaro (229-4158) or the appropriate Research Institute colleague. Any conversations with elected officials concerning personal matters or those not related to the university require no such coordination.

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    One of our responsibilities at the University of Dayton, as a Catholic university, is to engage people around difficult questions of faith and culture. Here at UD, we welcome open dialogue and encourage students, faculty and staff to become involved in the political process through educational events on campus such as voter registration drives, candidate debates and other voter education activities. This involvement in the political process is part of our steps to create a broader educational experience for students.

    Learn more about the University's policies and practices for political and electoral activities and how you can get involved. 

    The University neither supports nor opposes the candidates and/or parties mentioned within the above information.

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    Government Relations Professionals

    Office of the President

    Ted Bucaro

    S. Ted Bucaro
    Government and Regional Relations Director
    Phone: 937-229-4122
    Email: ted.bucaro@udayton.edu

    Eileen Austria

    Eileen Austria
    UD Statehouse Advocate and Internship Coordinator
    Phone: 937-631-1409
    Email: austriaud@gmail.com

    Mark Gillman

    Mark Gillman
    Vice President SMI - UD Federal Advocacy
    Phone: 202-467-5459
    Email: mark@strategicmi.com

    Vincent Russo

    Vincent Russo
    Executive Adviser to the President
    Phone: 937-229-2238
    Email: vincentjrusso@aol.com

    University of Dayton Research Institute

    Mickey McCabe Michael V. McCabe

    Vice President for Research, Executive Director of UDRI
    Phone: 937-229-3515
    Email: Mickey.Mccabe@udri.udayton.edu

    John Leland John Leland

    Associate Vice President for Research, Director of UDRI
    Phone: 937-229-2113
    Email: john.leland@udri.udayton.edu

    Allan Crasto Allan S. Crasto

    Associate Director of UDRI
    Phone: 937-229-2113
    Email: Allan.Crasto@udri.udayton.edu

    Faculty

    Jason Pierce Jason Pierce

    Associate Professor, Political Science Department Chair*
    Phone: 937-229-3626
    Email: jpierce2@udayton.edu

    Bob Taft

    Bob Taft
    Distinguished Research Associate
    Phone: 937-229-4012
    Email: rtaft1@udayton.edu

    *Serving as Interim Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences for the 2014/15 Academic Year