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Veteran director of public affairs Trent Lutz joins the University of Oregon as the new associate vice president for state affairs.
Since 2000, Lutz has worked throughout Oregon’s legislative structure in local, state and federal offices. Most recently, he served as deputy executive director of public affairs for the Oregon Education Association, leading government affairs and communications for the 41,000-member union. In this role, he led the coalition to pass the Student Success Act, raising more than $2 billion every two years to fund K-12 schools and early childhood education.
“Trent is an outstanding leader for our university,” said Mike Andreasen, vice president for academic advancement. “His strong background in education in the state of Oregon will allow our momentum and partnership with Oregon stakeholders, legislators and leaders to continue to grow.
Previously, Lutz was chief of staff to Oregon House Majority Leader Val Hoyle, working with legislative leaders and members to get their priorities across. Lutz also served as executive director of the Oregon Democratic Party, where he oversaw two presidential elections, and as chief financial officer for the campaigns of U.S. Representative David Wu and Governor Ted Kulongoski. Throughout his career, he has worked extensively on local, legislative and national campaigns.
“Over his career, Trent has proven himself to be a thoughtful and strategic leader who shares OU’s values and believes in our leadership mission for public institutions of higher learning,” Andreasen said.
In his role at OU, he will be responsible for the strategic direction and management of the Office of State Affairs and all academic matters relating to the Oregon Legislative Assembly, state elected officials and state agencies.
Lutz takes office on September 6.
—By Peyton Hall, OU Alumni Association