OHSU Director of Government Relations Wins National Award

12/05/02   Portland, Ore.

Bryan Boehringer is recognized for his extraordinary contribution to state government relations

Oregon Health & Science University's government relations director, Bryan Boehringer, is one of two state relations officers nationwide to be honored for his achievements in advocating on behalf of his institution and garnering crucial legislative support. Boehringer will receive the Edward Crawford Award for Innovation at the State Relations Conference Dec. 6 in Atlanta, Ga.

The Crawford Award is given to a relative newcomer to the profession who has shown extraordinary innovation. Boehringer was recognized by his peers for his motivation, coordination and stewardship, and for the support he received from policy-makers and colleagues.

In particular, Boehringer was lauded for his role in coordinating the Oregon Opportunity, a $200 million public-private partnership to make Oregon a leader in biomedical research that received legislative and voter approval in 2001.

"I think to be successful in government relations, you need a strong institution, a great lobby team and a visionary president -- I'm fortunate to work with all three. Every one of OHSU's legislative successes has been the result of many talented people working toward a common goal. One person can't do it alone," said Boehringer. "I'm deeply honored to be singled out for recognition."

"Government or state relations officers are typically the key architects of an institution's outreach efforts to state lawmakers and other elected officials, but much of their work is done behind the scenes," said Vance Peterson, president of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). "Through their relentless -- and often times unacknowledged -- work, these winners have profoundly improved the lives of all members of their campus communities."

Boehringer received his bachelor's degree in political science from Willamette University in 1993. Upon graduating, he was given the opportunity to work for U.S. Sen. Mark Hatfield in Washington, D.C. When the senator retired in 1996, Boehringer returned to Oregon and became a committee administrator in the Oregon Legislative Assembly. He joined OHSU in 1998 and was promoted to director in 1999.

The Crawford Award is given by the American Association of Community Colleges, the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, CASE, and the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges.

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