Mr. Robby Sheehan
Deputy Chief of Staff and Director of Government and Community Relations, Interim Managing Director of the Institute
for Public Affairs and Civic Engagement
Robby Sheehan has served in a variety of capacities
throughout his professional career at Salisbury University. He began in 2010 as
a research fellow at SU’s Institute for Public Affairs and Civic Engagement
(PACE) before being nominated to serve as the Institute’s interim managing
director. Following his service at PACE, he began working in the President’s
Office as director of government relations in December 2011. In May 2013,
Sheehan was promoted to deputy chief of staff and director of government and
community relations, and in 2014, he was selected to serve on the President’s Executive
Staff Committee. In July 2014, he again assumed the role of interim managing director of PACE
in addition to his other responsibilities.
Sheehan serves as Salisbury University’s chief advocate to
the federal, state and local governments, and is the primary liaison between the
University and the surrounding community. Sheehan was instrumental in assisting
with the University’s receipt and advancement of $107 million dollars to fund
the construction of the Guerrieri Academic Commons. He has worked diligently to
build and strengthen positive relationships with key elected officials across
the state and beyond.
Sheehan serves as chair of SU’s Town-Gown Council and is actively involved in managing
University-neighborhoods relationships. He also serves on several other campus committees, including
PACE’s Steering Committee, Women’s History Month Committee, Strategic Enrollment Planning
Team and Steering Committee, Strategic Planning and Budgeting Committee, President’s Advisory Team,
the Safety Task Force, and the Pedestrian and Traffic Safety Work Group. Sheehan was appointed to serve
on the Salisbury Area Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Directors in April 2014 as assistant vice
president of the Advocacy and Government Relations Division. Under his leadership, as co-chair of the Chamber’s
Local Legislative Roundtable, he has been instrumental in increasing membership and establishing the Roundtable
as a forum for members of the greater community to dialogue with elected officials on key issues. He was also
selected to serve on the Chamber’s Education Network. Sheehan serves on the Wicomico County Visioning Committee,
the Mayor’s Neighborhood Roundtable, the Chesapeake College Alumni Association and the Leadership Council of
The Uprising Church in Hebron, MD.
Sheehan earned an Associate of Arts, summa cum laude, in liberal arts and sciences with a concentration
in music from Chesapeake College. He graduated summa cum laude from Salisbury University with a bachelor’s
degree in political science and a minor in music. In 2014, Sheehan graduated summa cum laude from the University
of Pennsylvania with a Master of Public Administration and a certificate in politics.
Sheehan and his wife Erin are both natives of the Eastern
Shore and reside in Wicomico County.
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