KU hires former Moran adviser to lead outreach efforts in Washington, D.C.

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A bus makes its way along Jayhawk Boulevard in front of Strong Hall on the University of Kansas campus in Lawrence, Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

A former policy adviser for U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran has been selected as the University of Kansas’ next point person on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.

Kyle Christian will begin work as KU’s associate vice chancellor for federal relations on Aug. 15, KU announced in a press release Friday.

Christian most recently worked for Thermo Fisher Scientific, where he did outreach to federal officials on behalf of that life sciences company. However, before that job, Christian was a lead policy adviser for Moran, a Republican senator from Kansas. For Moran, he specialized in issues related to health care, education and appropriations.

Christian also worked as a policy adviser for Congresswoman Mary Bono, R-California, before she left Congress in 2013.

Christian is a KU alumnus, with undergraduate degrees in political science and history. He also has a master’s degree in strategic studies from the United States Army War College.

KU Chancellor Douglas Girod said in a release that Christian would be instrumental in KU’s efforts to engage with the Kansas congressional delegation, partner with federal funding agencies, advocate for access and affordability for students, and to raise KU’s profile in the national higher education community.


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