DENE H. SHEHEANE Executive Director, Government and Community Relations Georgia Institute of Technology As Executive Director of Government and Community Relations at Georgia Tech, Dene Sheheane uses his experience in working with government partners to secure support for Georgia Tech’s strategic goals and priorities. Sheheane works with faculty and staff at Tech to communicate to government officials the value of a strong investment in the Institute. During his employment at Georgia State University from 1994 to 2007, Sheheane worked to develop and strengthen relationships between the university and government officials. While serving as the university’s official point of contact for governmental constituencies, he was named Associate Vice President for External Affairs in 2005 after serving the university in various other positions including Director of State Relations and Assistant Vice President for External Affairs. Shortly after his arrival to Georgia State University in 1994, Sheheane organized a grassroots legislative advocacy group called AlumNet. This team of alumni volunteers seeks to raise public awareness about the importance of higher education to Georgia’s future by sharing their support of Georgia State University and higher education with state legislators and other government officials. Sheheane’s governmental relations career began in 1990 when he worked in the Office of Georgia Governor Joe Frank Harris where he was responsible for managing special projects at the direction of the Governor’s Chief of Staff. He later served for four years in the Office of Governor Zell Miller, where he managed the Governor’s Discretionary Fund and selected constituent projects. A native Georgian and Norcross High School graduate, Sheheane graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Science degree in Management. He later earned a Master of Business Administration degree from Georgia State University in 1993. His professional affiliations include his recent service as 2007 Chairman of the National Higher Education Government Relations Task Force. This organization brings together higher education government relations professionals from across the country to discuss trends and strategies for securing strong support for public higher education. Sheheane is also a member of the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), for which he served on the 1996 District III Conference Program Team. In 2008, Sheheane was named by Cobb Life Magazine as one of “20 Rising Stars Under 40.” He was appointed in 1997 by the Mayor of Atlanta to serve on the Board of Directors for the City of Atlanta’s One Stop Capital Shop. He also served as treasurer on the Board of Directors for the Georgia Institute for Community Business Development, which works toward the improvement of small business opportunities in the economically depressed regions of Georgia. An active member of the higher education community, Sheheane has served as the Faculty Advisor for the Epsilon Omega Chapter of Kappa Sigma Fraternity. An alumnus of the 2002 Class of Leadership Georgia, Sheheane currently resides in the historic downtown district of Acworth, Georgia, where he recently served as chairman of the Acworth Downtown Development Authority. During the past year, he initiated a program at the local elementary school that encourages fathers to volunteer in the classroom. He and his wife Carrie are the proud parents of three young children.
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