Vice President for Legal Affairs & General Counsel

Position Overview

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The University of Maryland, College Park (UMD) invites applications and nominations for the position of Vice President for Legal Affairs and General Counsel (VPGC).

Reporting to the President, the VPGC is the chief legal officer for UMD, a member of the University’s leadership team, and responsible for managing all of the University’s legal affairs.

UMD is the state's flagship university, one of the nation's preeminent public research universities, and a member of the prestigious American Association of Universities. A global leader in research, entrepreneurship and innovation, UMD is home to more than 40,000 students, 14,000 faculty and staff, and 405,000 alumni worldwide. Located just outside Washington, DC, UMD discovers and shares new knowledge every day through its renowned research enterprise and programs in academics, the arts, and athletics and is committed to social entrepreneurship as the nation’s first “Do Good” campus.

The Office of General Counsel (OGC) is the in-house law firm for UMD. The OGC helps its university clients fulfill their educational, research, and entrepreneurial missions in accord with the many legal and policy requirements applicable to public research universities. The OGC attorneys are problem solvers committed to helping their UMD clients achieve their goals in a creative, practical, and timely manner.

UMD seeks a highly accomplished and seasoned attorney who is a creative strategist, forward-looking problem solver, thought partner and consensus-building leader; has professional and personal qualities that inspire confidence and trust; and exemplifies the capacity to lead and advise in an innovative and complex higher education environment.

Minimum qualifications include: outstanding academic credentials, including a J.D. from a nationally regarded, ABA-accredited law school; a minimum of 12 years of broad legal practice with knowledge of higher education law in a university, law firm, government, or nonprofit setting; and admitted to practice law in Maryland or be eligible and admitted within one year of employment. Preferred attributes and additional information about the position and UMD can be found in the leadership profile above.

Nominations and Applications

Application materials should be sent by March 17, 2023 for best consideration. The search will remain open until an appointment is made.

To apply, candidates are requested to submit the following: 

  • A resume or curriculum vitae;
  • A letter of interest that addresses the leadership opportunities in the profile above; and
  • Contact information for five references (to be contacted with candidate’s permission at a later date).

Application materials (Word or PDF) should be sent to:

Nominations and expressions of interest in the position are encouraged. Please direct them to:

or to:

Kimberly Templeton, J.D., Principal, / (540) 761-9494

Beverly Warren, Ph.D., Executive Search Consultant, / (804) 201-0260

Anne Hoffman, Executive Search Associate, / (805) 490-9161

The University of Maryland, College Park, an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action; all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, age, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, creed, marital status, political affiliation, personal appearance, or on the basis of rights secured by the First Amendment, in all aspects of employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.