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Office of Governmental Affairs

Welcome to Michigan State University’s Office of Governmental Affairs. Our primary role is to work with state, federal, and local policymakers and stakeholders to ensure funding and policy initiatives reflect the needs of the university. Another important role, as one of the top 100 research universities in the world, is to connect MSU’s world-class research and academic expertise with policymakers at all levels of government.

State Relations

Governmental Affairs collaborates with the governor’s office and legislative leaders as they work to build a sustainable economic future for Michigan. MSU is committed to increasing the vitality of Michigan and producing a vibrant quality of life for its residents. That includes working to ensure state appropriations to higher education allow MSU to create and sustain a diverse talent pool for the state’s economy.

We also work with the governor and legislature to ensure that both MSU Extension and AgBioResearch are appropriately funded. Through research and partnerships with the state of Michigan and the agribusiness industry, such as Project GREEEN and the Ag Growth Initiative, MSU has contributed to the annual $91-billion economic impact of the state’s food and agriculture industry.

Community Relations

The Governmental Affairs office collaborates with local governments on many mid-Michigan issues, which also impact MSU and the surrounding community. These include municipal regionalism/consolidation, redevelopment of East Lansing’s Amtrak station into a multi-modal transportation hub, as well as the redevelopment of the Michigan Avenue Corridor, a key entrance to the university.

We also are increasing our presence and involvement in southeast and West Michigan. For more information about MSU’s involvement in your community and its economic impact across the state, visit

Federal Relations

In our nation’s capital, our office works to maintain critical research and financial aid funding as well as to ensure that the federal commitment to the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB) stays on schedule.

This is a time of change across Michigan, and we are changing as well. We hope you continue to visit our site for legislative and policy updates about MSU and to find ways you can engage in efforts to advance the university’s commitment to providing quality education that prepares our students to succeed in a global economy.

We will continue to advocate for MSU at the federal, state, and local levels, creating avenues for policymakers to access MSU’s expertise, enabling them to address the challenges affecting our state and nation.

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Michigan State University
Hannah Administration Bldg
426 Auditorium Rd, Rm 484
East Lansing, MI 48824-1046
Phone: (517) 353-9000
Fax: (517) 353-9190

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Lori Dahlstrom
Executive Assistant to the Vice President

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