General Counsel

General Counsel

Ohio University invites nominations and applications for the position of General Counsel.

Established in 1804, Ohio University is the state’s first institution of higher education and one of America’s oldest public universities. The central purpose of the University is the intellectual and personal development of its students. Ohio University is renowned for its outstanding faculty of accomplished teachers whose research and creativity advance knowledge across many disciplines. The vision of the University is to be the nation’s best transformative learning community where students realize their promise, faculty advance knowledge, staff achieve excellence, and alumni become global leaders.

Reporting directly to the President, the General Counsel is the chief legal affairs officer of the University and serves as a key member of the President’s Council and Cabinet. The General Counsel’s client is the Board of Trustees and the University as a whole. Leading the Office of Legal Affairs, the General Counsel provides legal advice and representation to the President, Board of Trustees, the University Foundation, and other affiliated agencies, senior administrators and executives, academic officers, faculty, and staff. The legal services offered span a broad range of areas, including: compliance with local, state, and federal laws; employment law; preparation and review of contracts; litigation before courts and administrative agencies; policy development; public records; and compliance with Ohio ethics statutes.

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

For best consideration, please send all nominations and applications to:

R. Thomas Fitch, Partner

Jim Sirianni, Partner

Amanda Bennett, Senior Associate

Carol Fairborn, Associate

For more information, please visit Ohio University’s home page at

Equal Employment and Educational Opportunity

The university promotes equal employment and educational opportunities and is committed to ensuring non-discrimination in all educational programs and activities. It is the policy of Ohio University that there shall be no discrimination against any individual in educational or employment opportunities because of race, religion, color, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, ethnicity, ancestry, age, gender identity or expression, mental or physical disability, or military veteran status.

There also shall be no discrimination because of age except in compliance with requirements of retirement plans or state and federal laws and guidelines. Discrimination on the basis of age or sex or disability will be prohibited except where specific age, sex, or physical requirements constitute a bona fide occupational qualification (BFOQ) necessary to proper and efficient performance.

As part of its ongoing efforts to provide and support a transformative learning experience, Ohio University affirms the values of equity, inclusion and equal access to all by fostering a welcoming, respectful, and diverse workforce and community. We are committed to cultural pluralism in the belief that this is beneficial to all people and essential in strengthening the fabric of society.