Vice President and General Counsel


The University of Rochester invites inquiries, nominations and applications for its next Vice President and General Counsel (General Counsel). Reporting directly to the President, the General Counsel is the chief legal officer of the University and a key member of incoming President Sarah Mangelsdorf's executive leadership team, as she begins her service to the University starting in July of 2019. The General Counsel also provides direct advice and counsel to the Board of Trustees on legal issues, governance, and related topics, as well as manages all legal services for the University, including the Medical Center and affiliate entities. The new General Counsel is expected to assume office by September 3, 2019.

Founded in 1850, the University of Rochester is a distinguished private research university that is a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU). The University is one of the country's top-tier research universities and the fifth largest private employer in New York. For fiscal year 2019, consolidated budgeted revenues are projected to exceed $4.4 billion with anticipated activities of the fully integrated education, research and clinical activities of the Medical Center and related affiliates representing close to 90% percent of this total. The University's endowment in December 2018 exceeded $2.4 billion. Total annual research awards last year totaled approximately $438 million.

Located in the City of Rochester on the southern shore of Lake Ontario and northwest of the picturesque Finger Lakes in New York State, the University's academic programs are delivered through seven academic units within three locations: the River Campus, which houses Arts, Sciences & Engineering, the Simon Business School, and the Warner School of Education; the Medical Center, which is next to the River Campus and houses the School of Medicine and Dentistry, the Eastman Institute for Oral Health, and the School of Nursing; and downtown Rochester, home to the Eastman School of Music. The University enrolls more than 6,500 undergraduate students and nearly 5,300 graduate and professional students, drawn from all 50 states, four U.S. territories, and close to 150 countries.

The University works toward being a community in which all who work, teach, create, and provide care are welcome and respected, and where all can pursue and achieve their highest objectives for themselves, their communities, and the world. Steeped in Rochester's rich history of social justice and entrepreneurial spirit, the University will always strive to be an inclusive, equitable, sustainable, and responsive organization at every level.

The University of Rochester is being assisted in this search by Academic Search, Inc. For more information about this position, desired qualifications, as well as application and nomination procedures, please review the profile at For more information about the institution, please visit Confidential discussions may be arranged by contacting Bill Howard, Vice President and Senior Consultant, at, Deborah Singer Howard, Of Counsel, at, or Penny Gibbons, Consultant, at For full consideration by the search committee, applications should be submitted by Monday, May 27, 2019.

The University of Rochester values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity for persons regardless of age, color, disability, domestic violence status, ethnicity, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, military/veteran status, national origin, race, religion/creed, sex, sexual orientation, or any other status protected by law. Further, the University complies with all applicable nondiscrimination laws in the administration of its policies, programs, and activities.

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