University Communities Council

The University Communities Council is open to municipal officials from NLC member municipalities with an institution of higher education within their borders or within adjacent municipalities. University officials are welcome to attend UCC meetings. Participants share ideas and creative solutions to the unique challenges affecting university communities. Participation in the Council ensures that the needs of university communities are reflected in the NLC’s advocacy efforts.

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Current Leadership


Vice Chair

Vice Chair



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vice chair


Gloria Betcher
Ames, Iowa

Tanaka Vercher
Nashville, Tennessee

Steve Patterson
Athens, Ohio

Council Objectives:

  • To create networking opportunities for elected municipal officials from university communities
  • To assist cities, NLC, and State Municipal Leagues in gathering, sharing and analyzing information about opportunities, issues and policies of interest to university communities
  • To foster a spirit of cooperation between universities, colleges and city and town governments