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

Our team cultivates opportunities that support AU’s mission, vision and values by developing new strategies and partnerships in government relations, philanthropy, alumni and community engagement, volunteer services, protocol and special events.

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Office of External Relations

Health Sciences Campus

G. Lombard Kelly Building

AA-309

706-721-5580

Reporting Units

Philanthropy & Alumni Engagement


The Office of Philanthropy & Alumni Engagement nurtures relationships with alumni, friends and the community to encourage support for students, programs and the university environment.

Government Relations


We are a resource for information and access, serving as liaison between Augusta University, the community, and local, state, and federal officials.

Protocol and Special Events


Office of Protocol and Special Events (OPSE), a division of the Office of External Relations, manages high profile, high-impact events, keynote speaker engagements, and special events hosted by the President.

Volunteer Services & Community Engagement


Our volunteers provide crucial support and aid to the continuing mission of Augusta University to set the standard of excellence in education, research and clinical care.

The Office of External Relations is continually working 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, clinical care, 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
Chief of Staff to the President

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