Council of State Representatives (CSR) Spring Meeting

Wednesday, March 5, 2014 to Friday, March 7, 2014
Washington, D.C.

AASCU’s Council of State Representatives includes representation from 49 states and the U.S. territories. The Council is comprised of college and university presidents and chancellors, system heads, and state coordinating board executives.

About the Conference

The Council advises staff on higher education public policy issues, helps formulate the Association’s annual Public Policy Agenda, and assists the staff in carrying out the Agenda’s legislative priorities through contacts with stakeholders and members, including the Federal government and members of Congress. The Council is currently chaired by Chancellor J. Keith Motley, University of Massachusetts Boston.

CSR members will be briefed in advance in preparation of their visits to Capitol Hill to advocate for higher education policy on behalf of AASCU institutions. Speakers have been invited to inform the Council on current higher education policy issues. Council members will also engage in a roundtable on current higher education issues across the states in addition to innovations in higher education.

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Download final Agenda in PDF format

Wednesday – March 5, 2014

1:30 – 2:00 p.m.

2:00 – 2:15 p.m.
  • J. Keith Motley, Chancellor, University of Massachusetts Boston
  • Ed Elmendorf, SVP for Government Relations
2:15 – 3:15 p.m.
Effective Advocacy and Non-Profits—Pre-session for Hill Visits
Dan Smith, Founder and President, AdvocacySmiths, Washington, D.C.
(former staff director of Senate HELP Committee, and former V.P. at American Cancer Society)

3:15 – 4:15 p.m.
Deputy Undersecretary Jamie Studley

4:15 – 5:00 p.m.
Federal Legislative and Policy Update
  • Barmak Nassirian, Director of Federal Relations
  • Makese Motley, Assistant Director of Federal Relations

4:15-5:00 p.m.
Questions and Open Forum

5:00 p.m.
Adjourn for the day—Dinner on Your Own

Thursday – March 6, 2014

8:00 – 8:30 a.m.
Breakfast on your own

9:00 a.m. – 12:00
Hill visits
Council members are encouraged to make arrangements on their own to visit with their Representatives and Senators.

12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Lunch (AASCU Offices) and Hill debrief discussion

1:00 – 2:15 p.m.
Hill Staff Panel
  • Robert Moran, Education Policy Advisor, Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN)
    Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee

  • Mildred Otero, Chief Education Counsel, Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA)
    Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee

2:15 – 2:30 p.m.

3:00 – 3:30 p.m.
Advance review of issues and topics for CSR members to discuss during White House meeting

3:30 – 5:00 p.m.
White House Meeting
  • Roberto Rodriguez, Special Assistant to the President for Education
  • Cecilia Muñoz, Director of the White House Domestic Policy Council
  • James Kvaal, Deputy Director, White House Domestic Policy Council
5:15 p.m.

6:00 p.m.
Dinner: Acadiana—901 New York Avenue, NW

Friday – March 7, 2014

8:00 – 8:30 a.m.
Breakfast (AASCU Offices)

9:00 – 9:30 a.m.
State Fiscal, Legislative and Policy Update
  • Dan Hurley, Associate V.P. for Government Relations & State Policy
  • Tom Harnisch, Assistant Director of State Relations & Policy Analysis

9:30 – Noon
State Roundtable Discussion by CSR Members

Wrap Up and Adjournment (Box lunches provided)


Fees top

There is no registration fee however, registration, is only open to members of the Council of State Representatives. Registration is to be completed on-line. Click here to register 

Accommodations top

The meeting will be held at the AASCU office located at 1307 New York Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C. Meeting attendees will stay at the Marriott Metro Center, (which is about a 5-minute walk from the AASCU office) see address of the hotel below.

Marriott Metro Center
775 12th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 737-2200

Please contact the hotel directly for reservations by calling (202) 737-2200. Meeting attendees are responsible for all charges.

$259 single or double occupancy

Your hotel reservations must be made by February 19, to ensure the conference room rate.

Individuals failing to check in on the reserved day will forfeit one night’s room and tax. No show charges can be avoided if reservations are cancelled no later than 24 hours prior to arrival date.


  • Ed ElmendorfSenior Vice President for Government Relations and Policy 478-4651