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The Division of Administration & External Relations is responsible for strategically enhancing the profile, reputation and advancement of Augusta University through fostering meaningful relationships and partnerships with key external stakeholders.

We cultivate opportunities that support our mission, vision and values by developing new strategies and partnerships within communications and marketing, government relations, human resources, philanthropy and alumni engagement, protocol and special events, and volunteer services and community engagement.

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Administration & External Relations

Kelly Administration Building



Reporting Units

Communications & Marketing

Enhances our brand and reputation by leveraging opportunities to advance our research and educational missions through strategic and active storytelling.

Government Relations

Advises and partners with key stakeholders at the local, state and federal levels of government to impact legislation and policy that advances and supports our institutional goals and imperatives.

Human Resources

Delivers reliable resources, solutions and services in the best interests of all faculty, staff, students, retirees and customers that support the advancement of our university mission, vision and values.

Philanthropy & Alumni Engagement

Nurtures relationships with alumni, friends and the community to encourage support for students, programs and the university environment.

Protocol and Special Events

Manages high-level, high-impact university events and serves as a resource for faculty, staff and students on the planning, execution and procedural protocol implementation needed for hosting special events.

Volunteer Services & Community Engagement

Provides meaningful and impactful experiences for both volunteers and community partners that align with our university mission, vision and values.

The Division of Administration and External Relations continually works to build positive relationships and promote Augusta University. We collaborate with partners to provide leadership, facilitate growth, and support innovation with the common goal of providing benefits to our students, faculty, employees, university, and community. Welcome and thank you for stopping by. I hope you will take a moment to learn more about us!

I am honored to serve as August University’s Executive Vice President for Administration and Chief of Staff to University President, Dr. Brooks Keel. Our team strives to find innovative ways to solve problems, create opportunities for partnerships, educate the public, and ultimately build support to enhance the success of our students and faculty. We remain focused on advancing the shared mission of providing leadership and excellence in teaching, discovery, and service across our community, state, region, and country. I hope the variety of resources below will help you learn more our work and the team that is here to serve you.

Thank you for your interest in our efforts. I look forward to sharing the great work occurring here on the campus of Augusta University and finding ways to work together in the future. Go Jags!

Russel Keen
Russell Keen, EdD

Executive Vice President of Administration and External Relations
Chief of Staff to the President

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ornaments of the old Medical College of Georgia building and the Augusta University arch

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Theatre AUG’s surreal take on ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’ coming to the Maxwell Theatre

Theatre AUG is presenting an original adaptation of “Alice's Adventures in Wonderland,” by Melanie Kitchens O’Meara, PhD, and Augusta University students Amber Jordan and Shiloh Reimche, through Nov. 12 at the Maxwell Performing Arts Theatre.