Vice President and General Counsel

Vice President and General Counsel

Miami University invites nominations and applications for the position of Vice President and General Counsel.

Miami University, ranked as a Top 50 National Public University, is one of the oldest public universities in the country, chartered in 1809 and welcoming its first students in 1824. Deemed as an inaugural Public Ivy institution, Miami University maintains that esteemed distinction today as a highly respected public institution of higher education that is recognized for outstanding undergraduate education and selective graduate and research programs. Deeply committed to student success, Miami builds strong student and alumni loyalty and empowers its students, faculty, and staff to become engaged citizens who use their knowledge and skills with integrity and compassion to improve the future of our global society. Miami effectively combines a wide range of strong academic programs with faculty who love to teach and the personal attention ordinarily found only at much smaller institutions.

Miami University seeks an innovative, resourceful, hands-on, and collaborative leader to serve as its next Vice President and General Counsel (General Counsel). The General Counsel is responsible for the coordination and supervision of all legal matters involving the Board of Trustees as well as all officers and employees acting on behalf of the University and its affiliated entities. The Office of General Counsel is responsible for providing legal advice and consultation on legal-policy issues, supervising litigation involving the University, and providing a wide range of legal services in the areas of employment and benefits, immigration, contracts, student affairs, real estate, and intellectual property. In addition, the General Counsel serves as the chief ethics officer. Reporting both to the Board of Trustees and the President, the General Counsel also serves on the President’s Executive Committee.

The preferred candidate will have a law degree earned from an American Bar Association-accredited law school, admission to the practice of law in Ohio (or the eligibility to be admitted promptly), substantial experience working as an attorney (preferably within a higher education institution), and a demonstrated record of success in leading a legal team.

For more information on the role, please visit the Storbeck Search website here.

The Search Committee will begin reviewing applications immediately. Requested application materials include a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and a list of five professional references. Please submit submit materials or nominations to the following address:

R. Thomas Fitch, Partner

Amanda Bennett, Sr. Associate

Carol Fairborn, Associate

Storbeck Search

For more information, please visit Miami’s home page at

While every effort will be made to preserve confidentiality until finalists are selected, the search is subject to the Ohio Public Records Act.

Miami University, an EO/AA employer encourages applications from minorities, women, protected veterans and individuals with disabilities. Miami does not permit, and takes action to prevent, harassment, discrimination and retaliation. Requests for reasonable accommodations for disabilities should be directed to or (513) 529-3560. Annual Security and Fire Safety Report may be found at: Criminal background check required. All campuses are smoke- and tobacco-free.