The University of South Alabama now has a new Vice President of Governmental Relations, the school said Monday.
Nick Lawkis, the office’s executive director since 2019, was selected by university leadership to take over the role. Lawkis has a personal connection to the university, holding two degrees from USA.
As part of his new position, Lawkis will continue to be a University liaison with local, state and federal governments, and agencies, including coordinating efforts to secure the university’s share of Alabama’s $8 billion education budget.
“Nick Lawkis is one of the most respected governmental relations professionals in Alabama,” said USA President Jo Bonner. “He has elevated South’s profile both in Montgomery and Washington D.C. and has earned this promotion with his hard work and dedication to our University.”
Lawkis, in his current role, has helped to lock down nearly $400 million in funding for the University and USA Health.
“Our successes have truly been a collaborative effort by many and especially because of our relationships with our elected and government officials,” Lawkis said. “I am humbled by the recognition and extremely grateful to President Bonner and Executive Vice President and Provost Dr. Andi Kent for this opportunity, and I look forward to continuing to advance the vision and mission of the Flagship of the Gulf Coast.”
Before joining the governmental relations office, Lawkis worked in the Office of Student Affairs and the Office of Development and Alumni Relations.
He has been named to Mobile Bay magazine’s 40 Under 40 and also serves on several internal and external committees and boards.
Austen Shipley is a staff writer for Yellowhammer News.