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State Relations Director to be Honored for Innovation

Sept. 25, 2012

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Frances Teves

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Cal State Fullerton's State Relations Director Frances Teves, a CSUF alumna who earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology in 1999, will receive the 2012 Edwin Crawford Award for Innovation — one of two such awards presented annually by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, the American Association of Community Colleges, the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities and the American Association of State Colleges and Universities.

Selected for her contributions to the advancement, quality and effectiveness of CSUF's state relations program, Teves will receive the award at the Higher Education Government Relations Conference in November.

Director of state relations for the university since 2004, Teves has built bridges with elected officials, students, faculty, staff and members of the surrounding community. She works closely with her counterparts at neighboring universities and community colleges, as well as with those in K-12 schools.

“Cal State Fullerton has traditionally been a leader in grassroots advocacy and Frances has expanded and enhanced that trend,” said Owen Holmes, associate vice president for government relations. “In addition to maintaining active engagement among alumni, faculty and staff, she has built a coalition among educational segments in Orange County and students, and is building one with parents.”

Under her leadership, the Orange County Public Education Partnership, a coalition of educational institutions, has mobilized key stakeholders around critical issues, including budget and policy negotiations.

“Ms. Teves effectively communicates the university's position on legislation and highlights the impact of proposed policies on the CSU and higher education,” said state Sen. Lou Correa (D-Santa Ana) in nominating Teves for this honor.

Her efforts have won her recognition as a leader in government relations for the 23-campus California State University system. She, along with a select group of peers, was recently selected to advise the assistant vice chancellor on systemwide advocacy best practices.

“Frances is not only one of the best advocates within the CSU system; she also is one of the most creative in developing new approaches and tools that provide results,” said Karen Y. Zamarripa, California State University assistant vice chancellor, advocacy and state relations. “Frances is an innovator. She is never without a new idea or approach in making the case for her campus and the CSU. She has been a leader in the use of our e-advocacy system from the beginning and has broadened its impact with the use of social media.”

Teves is currently pursing a master of public policy degree at the USC.

By: Valerie Orleans, 657-278-4540

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