Press Release for Friday, September 7, 2018
UNF Appoints Duncan New Vice President for Governmental Affairs
Contact: Amanda Dawson, PR Specialist
of Public Relations
The University of North
Florida has appointed Heather Duncan as its new vice president for Governmental
Affairs. She begins her new position in November.
“I’m confident that with Heather’s extensive experience as well as leadership
in government and legislative affairs, she will advance the University to the
next level,” said UNF President David Szymanski.
Duncan, a Southside resident, will manage the University’s governmental affairs
program, serve as a member/leader with the State University System lobbyist
team and as a liaison for governmental affairs with elected officials,
municipal/county governments, the Florida State Legislature, the Duval
Delegation and community groups.
she will serve as the University’s representative on the Jacksonville Chamber
of Commerce’s Governmental Affairs Board and State Issues Task Force, draft
proposed legislation and advise the University president in issues related to
federal lobbying initiatives.
to joining UNF, Duncan has been serving as regional director of External and
Legislative Affairs for AT&T, where she is responsible for municipal, county and state legislative affairs as well
as community affairs for Northeast Florida, including Duval, Nassau, Baker, St.
Johns, Clay, Alachua, Flagler, Volusia, Bradford, Union and Columbia counties.
Additionally, she served as area marketing director for the organization as
well as the regional director of Advertising and Promotion.
is active in several community leadership roles, including Jacksonville
Regional Chamber of Commerce Board of Governors trustee, JAXUSA Partnership
Policy Council member, JAXBIZ Board of Directors member, Northeast Florida Leadership
Campaign Finance Committee, Gator Bowl Sports trustee Leadership Florida, to
name a few.
has won several awards, including the Girl Scouts of Gateway Council’s 2016
Woman of Distinction and Rotary’s Paul Harris Fellowship Award for Service as
well as Jacksonville Business Journal’s 2008 Woman of Influence and 2007 Top
Five Executives of Large Companies, to name a few.
participated in the International Business Policy Masters Course at the
University of London and earned her bachelor’s degree in advertising, with
minors in marketing, English and theatre from the University of Southern
university located on an environmentally
beautiful campus, offers students who are dedicated to enriching the lives of
others the opportunity to build their own futures through a well-rounded