Capital building in Lansing.

State Relations

Michigan Technological University sits along the shores of the Keweenaw Waterway in the Upper Peninsula, but its presence is in each of the state's 83 counties. Alumni small businesses. Fortune-500 employees. Future and current students poised to make a difference in the world. And research projects in our forests and freshwaters. Together—Michigan Tech and the State of Michigan—work to improve the lives of nearly 10 million Michigan residents.

As Associate Vice President for Enrollment and University Relations, John Lehman serves as a chief state relations officer reporting directly to the President. In this role, John leads points of contact with all state government entities and agencies. These responsibilities include:

  • monitoring bills and initiatives in Lansing including state appropriations and capital outlay
  • disseminating information to Michigan Tech leadership assisting University units in researching issues and connecting them with appropriate state government offices and staff
  • articulating the role Michigan Tech plays in the economic and general prosperity of the state of Michigan to those in Lansing