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Toby Carr advocates for UGA as vice president for government relations

Tobin “Toby” R. Carr (BSAE – Agricultural Engineering, ’01), took over as the University of Georgia’s vice president for government relations on April 1.

An honor graduate of UGA, Carr previously served as associate vice president for government relations and director of state relations at the university. Prior to joining UGA in 2014, he served as director of planning for the Georgia Department of Transportation for three years, working with local governments, local planning bodies and the federal government on transportation improvements in Georgia. Previously he worked on the staff of former Gov. Nathan Deal and was an aide to former Georgia House of Representatives Majority Whip Jan Jones, who is now House speaker pro tempore.

Carr leads an office including three directors who serve as the university’s liaisons at the federal, state and community levels.

“I am thrilled to be named as the next vice president for government relations,” said Carr. “I am excited to have this opportunity to help build upon our many successes as we move the university forward.”

As associate vice president and director of state relations, Carr helped UGA President Jere Morehead successfully advocate for the appropriation of approximately $130 million in capital funding for new facilities such as the Terry College of Business Learning Community, the Center for Molecular Medicine, Phase I of the Interdisciplinary STEM Research Building and more. In addition, he advocated for state operating funds for the university — nearly 30% of the university’s budget — that are critically important in enabling UGA to provide a world-class education at a reasonable cost to students.

Carr is a former member of Leadership Georgia and was named to UGA’s 40 Under 40 in 2014. He also serves as an advisory board member for the UGA College of Engineering.

From UGA Today

Gov. Deal and Toby Carr
Former Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal (left) and Toby Carr, UGA vice president of government relations, pose for a photo after the governor signed a proclamation naming January 5, 2018, as “UGA Football Friday.” (Photo by Andrea Briscoe)