COLLEGE STATION — John Sharp, chancellor of The Texas A&M University System, today announced the hiring of Scott Sudduth as director of federal relations for the 19-member system. Sudduth previously served as associate vice president for federal relations for the University of Chicago, where he opened the university’s first Washington, D.C., federal and alumni relations office, integrated campus-wide legislative outreach and served on the external relations and communication strategy council.
Sudduth has nearly 20 years in high education governmental relations and advocacy at the federal level.
“Scott’s vast experience inside government and higher education, and his commitment to collaboration and building partnerships will be an enormous asset to the Texas A&M System as we begin to streamline and elevate our strategic outreach at the federal level,” said Sharp.
While representing the University of Chicago across before Congress and the executive branch, Sudduth oversaw higher education policy issues, managed advocacy efforts related to research funding and advanced the research enterprise at both Argonne National Laboratory and the Enrico Fermi National Laboratory, which the University of Chicago manages under contract for the U.S. Department of Energy.
Sudduth began his career in higher education in 1992 when he opened an office of federal governmental relations for The University of Texas System. Sudduth also worked at the University of California as a member of the senior management team where he directed the system’s federal legislative agenda and managed regulatory and policy issues impacting its 10 campuses and medical centers. During his tenure, Sudduth played a significant role in the advocacy and communications strategy that led to the retention of the University of California as part of the management team for Los Alamos National Laboratory, one of the nation’s most significant national security facilities.
Prior to joining higher education, Sudduth served on the legislative staff of U.S. Senator Lloyd Bentsen, where he worked on a variety of issues impacting Texas, including tax and trade policy. Sudduth also served as chief of staff to Texas Representatives Pete Geren and Bill Sarpalius.
Sudduth is a member of the board of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities. He served as co-chair of the ad hoc tax group and chair of the Association of American Medical Colleges governmental relations steering committee. He is an active member of the Association of American Universities Council of Federal Relations, in which he previously served on the executive steering committee.
Sudduth holds a law degree from Columbus School of Law, Catholic University of America and a bachelor’s degree from The University of Texas at Austin. Sudduth will be based in Washington, D.C.
About the A&M System
The A&M System is one of the largest systems of higher education in the nation, with a budget of $3.3 billion. Through a statewide network of 11 universities, seven state agencies and a comprehensive health science center, the A&M System educates more than 120,000 students and makes more than 22 million additional educational contacts through service and outreach programs each year. Externally funded research expenditures exceed $780 million and help drive the state’s economy.