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Michigan Tech University partners with a variety of campus stakeholders to support services and programs for the community to create a just, prosperous, and sustainable world expressed through technology transfer and innovation. Contact University Relations to connect today.

Community and State Relations

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Administration Building 502

William R. Kordenbrock

Vice President for Governmental Relations

William Kordenbrock serves as the vice president for governmental relations and leads points of contact with all government entities and agencies to promote, advocate, and communicate the mission and impact of Michigan Technological University.

William brings over three decades of experience in government operations to Michigan Tech. He began his career as a lobbyist in Washington D.C., transitioned to chief of Staff for the Vice Chairman of the Michigan Senate Appropriations committee, has held several executive positions within Michigan state government as well as represented Fortune 500 corporations’ interests in eight states. Bill has also served as Chief Legal Counsel for the Michigan Department of State.

Federal Relations



Cell: 906-281-7746
Lakeshore Center 202F

Brent Burns

Director of Federal and Industry Relations

Brent Burns is responsible for advancing Michigan Tech’s interests in Washington DC, serving as a liaison between university administrators, faculty and staff,  and members of congress, their staff, and other appointed officials.

Brent also leads the Industry Relations team and directs strategies for greater engagement and support between industry partners and university stakeholders.