Vice President of University Relations
Steve is in his third year serving as the Vice President for University Relations at Western. The University Relations Division includes Internal and External Marketing, Communications, Government Relations, Community Relations and Printing and Copy Services. He is also responsible for special projects as assigned by the President, including WWU’s Western Crossing development on the waterfront in Bellingham.
Associate Vice President
and Director of Government Relations
Sherry Burkey is a highly regarded professional in the higher education policy and legislative field in Washington State. She has served with distinction as the Associate Vice President for University Relations and Director of Government Relations at Western Washington University since 2005.
Burkey, a trusted advisor to the university president on legislative strategy, is respected by the Western campus community and by legislators and their staffs in Olympia because of her integrity and thoughtful, passionate advocacy for Western Washington University and public higher education.
A graduate of the University of Washington, Burkey worked for more than 20 years at the University of Washington in Seattle as Director of Government Relations and for University of Washington Medicine as Director of External Affairs, before assuming her current position at Western. Prior to her current tenure in higher education she worked in Washington D.C. on the staffs of Washington State U.S. Senator Henry “Scoop” Jackson, and Massachusetts U.S. Senator Ted Kennedy.
Western is a comprehensive university serving 15,000 students that has consistently been ranked by U.S. News and World Report as the highest ranking public, master’s granting university in the Pacific Northwest.