Council on Governmental and External Relations


The mission of the Council is to support the University of Illinois System by building and sustaining effective partnerships with the state, federal, and local governments. The Council coordinates and shares advice and expertise with relevant units across the System. It works to engage with stakeholders in alumni relations, the private sector, think tanks, associations and other external parties. COGER plans and oversees effective outreach and advocacy campaigns targeting elected and other high-level government officials. Current members include:


  • Jennifer Creasey, U of I System Office of Governmental Relations, Senior Director of State Relations


Ex officio members

  • Dr. Timothy Killeen, U of I System, President
  • Dr. Barb Wilson, U of I System, Executive Vice President and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Advocacy Guidelines

There are many ways in which university employees engage with government officials and their staff in the course of their work–from inviting officials to campus to testifying at legislative hearings to visiting legislators in their offices. COGER has established a set of guidelines to help coordinate advocacy efforts for the U of I System. If you are planning on advocating on behalf of the U of I System, please review these guidelines and contact the Office of Governmental Relations with any questions.