California State University adds Hill Veteran to D.C. Operation

(January 15, 2003) - George H. Conant has been named Legislative Director in the California State University's Office of Federal Relations in Washington, D.C.

Conant brings a dozen years of Capitol Hill experience to the California State University. Most recently, he served on the staff of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, under the direction of Chair John A. Boehner (R-OH) and Twenty-first Century Competitiveness Subcommittee Chair Howard P. "Buck" McKeon (R-CA). In this capacity he had primary responsibility for postsecondary education and school finance issues. Prior to joining the staff of the Education Committee, Conant served on the staff of the Post Office and Civil Service Committee, and as a Legislative Assistant in the office of Congressman Tom Petri (R-WI).

"The California State University system is excited to add George Conant's deep knowledge and experience to our team in Washington," said Louis Caldera, CSU vice chancellor for university advancement. The California State University is the nation's largest and most diverse university system, with 23 campuses, over 400,000 students, and 42,000 faculty and staff. The CSU Office of Federal Relations serves as a resource to Washington-based higher education policymakers, including the California Congressional delegation, and leads system efforts each year to formulate, advance and coordinate the system's federal policy and funding priorities.

Conant is a native of Ripon, Wisconsin. He earned his bachelor of science degree in political science and American foreign policy from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Beginning January 21, Conant will join Jim Gelb, assistant vice chancellor for federal relations, and Mike Frame, federal relations assistant and policy analyst, in the California State University's Washington Office. All three can be reached at 202/639-9309.

Contact: Jim Gelb (202) 639-9309

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Last Updated:15 January 2003

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