Jack Cline is the Director of Federal Relations for the University of Kansas and has served in this role since January 2012. Prior to joining KU, Cline was the assistant vice president for federal relations, for five years, at the University of Massachusetts.
Cline is a member of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) Board of Directors. Cline served previously when he was the 2014 Chairman of the APLU Council on Governmental Affairs. From 2014 to 2016, Cline was a member of the Association of American Universities Council on Federal Relations Steering Committee.
In 2016, Cline was the President of The Science Coalition (TSC); the TSC is made up of over 60 of the nation’s largest research universities dedicated to sustaining the federal government’s investment in basic scientific research.
Prior to joining the higher education community, Cline was the Executive Director of Gubernatorial Appointments and Personnel for then Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney. Before joining the Romney Administration, Cline was an executive staff member for Massachusetts Governor Paul Cellucci and Governor Jane Swift. Cline also was a Professional Staff Member for former House Speaker John Boehner when Boehner chaired the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.
Cline was a Sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps, having worked for the White House Military Office and the Pentagon. A third generation GI Bill student / graduate, Cline earned a bachelor of liberal arts, with a concentration in history, from Harvard University. After graduation, he earned his Commission in the U.S. Navy Reserve and served as an intelligence officer for five years.