The Office of Governmental and Public Affairs is located in Springfield, Illinois and serves the Southern Illinois University system.
This office is responsible for managing a relationship with the State of Illinois, responding to media requests for the university system, and maintaining a close working relationship with the Board of Trustees, President, administrators, faculty, staff, and students. 
The Executive Director for Governmental and Public Affairs, John Charles, is the official liaison between members of the SIU community and our local, state, and federal elected officials.  Anyone who has been contacted to represent or speak on behalf of Southern Illinois University by any government official or body should coordinate their response through this office.