Yale Names Assistant Vice President for Federal Relations

Vice President and General Counsel Dorothy K. Robinson has named Richard Jacob, director of federal relations of the University, to the position of assistant vice president for federal relations, effective October 1.

As such, Mr. Jacob will represent the University with Congressional and Executive branch offices, and with numerous education associations and inter-university task forces in Washington that deal with legislative, regulatory and public policy matters affecting higher education and Yale. Mr. Jacob will continue to work with Ms. Robinson, who oversees federal relations for the University, and with the other officers, deans, members of the faculty and others to identify and develop positions on federal issues that are of institutional interest to the University.

“Rich Jacob already has increased Yale’s ongoing institutional interaction with federal offices and officials and with Washington associations and representatives of the university community,” says Ms. Robinson. “His newly enhanced role will strengthen that involvement. Given the fundamental role of the federal government in supporting science and university research, in aid to education and its growth in the regulatory arena, Yale must devote a consistent and high level of attention to these issues.”

A graduate of Oberlin College, B.A., 1982, and the University of Chicago, M.A., 1984, Mr. Jacob worked at the Office of Management and Budget from 1984-1989, earning the OMB award for professional achievement in 1988. He then joined the staff of Stanford School of Medicine as executive assistant to the vice president and dean, before coming to Yale in 1994. In the past year, Mr. Jacob has served as a member of the steering committee of the Science Coalition, and has been convenor of the Association of American University’s working group on the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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