General Counsel Search

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Role of the General Counsel

Reporting to the President, the General Counsel is responsible for providing counsel and support to the university on a broad spectrum of legal issues to help fulfill the university’s mission and meet all legal and compliance obligations. The position is responsible for providing professional in-house legal advice and assistance on a wide variety of issues to university officials and overseeing internal university investigations. The selected individual will serve as legal representative on university committees, oversee university Title IX and compliance areas, and evaluate and develop university policies, procedures, and processes related to legal and/or compliance matters.

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Search Committee

Name Title
Lee Fruitticher Associate Vice President for Finance and Administration, Chair
Jamie Grodecki Assistant Athletic Director, Leadership/Senior Women Administrator/Head Softball Coach
Brittiny Johnson Director of Public Affairs
Tre Johnson Assistant Director of Alumni Awards, Collaborations, & Reunions
Chris McGraw Associate Vice Chancellor for Legal Affairs, University System of Georgia
Holley Roberts Interim Associate Provost of Academic Affairs and Director of The Graduate School
Dr. Shaundra Walker University Library Director

 

Search Committee Timeline

DECEMBER 2020

4th – Critical Hire form submitted to the University System for review

14th – Critical Hire form approved by the University System

17th – President Dorman officially charged the search committee

21st – Job posted to NACUA, Chronicle of Higher Education, Diverse Issues in Higher Ed, Inside Higher Ed and Hispanic Outlook

JANUARY 2021

4th – Cut-off for priority review of candidates

4th - 8th – Committee members review candidate materials

11th - 15th – Committee meets to discuss top rated priority applicants

19th – Position posting officially closes

19th - 21st – Committee members review additional candidate materials to confirm if any should be added to the priority candidates

22nd – Search committee meets to narrow applicant pool for video interviews

25th - 29th - Conduct first round of virtual interviews

FEBRUARY 2021

1st - 5th – Conduct  second round of virtual interviews

8th - Committee meets to confirm top 3-5 candidates to move forward for broader campus interviews (may be virtual)

15th -19th – Conduct broader campus interviews (may be virtual)

22nd – Committee meets to discuss submitting no less than three candidates to president for consideration

Search Committee Charge
  • The search committee shall work collaboratively to identify and recommend to the President a slate of at least three qualified candidates to serve as General Counsel.
  • The search shall be national in scope, and search committee members cannot apply.
  • The search committee chair will serve as the spokesperson for the search committee; this is vitally important to help prevent the appearance of mixed messaging.
  • The committee shall review the position description for essential qualifications.
  • The committee shall establish a reasonable timeline for the search.
  • The committee shall recommend a list of appropriate advertising sources to create a broad and diverse pool.
  • The committee shall observe all HR, legal, USG, and institutional guidelines throughout the process, to include completion of GC search committee training. 
  • The committee shall approve the elements that are needed to create a General Counsel website, to ensure transparency throughout the search process.
  • A detailed record of the work of the search committee must be kept. The search committee will need to maintain records, including notes, and keep the university informed of progress through the search website and FrontPage.
  • The committee shall act in a professional manner with appropriate candidate confidentiality throughout the search.  Each member of the search committee must agree to honor the commitment of confidentiality and sign a Confidentiality Agreement Form. Such an agreement from each person is essential to ensure an effective search. Consideration of prospects, nominees, and applicants must be done in a way that each member of this committee may speak candidly about a candidate’s qualifications without fear that their views will be made known outside the committee. 
  • Search committee members need to be active participants in identifying potential applicants.
  • The committee shall screen applications to identify an initial group of qualified candidates to interview through a video interview.
  • The committee will be active in checking references of the final candidates.
  • The committee shall recommend three to five top candidates who will be invited to campus to interview.
  • The committee shall serve as coordinators to collect feedback from all of the stakeholders participating in the interviews. 
  • The committee shall deliberate, consider all input as well as their own insights and bring forward a determination of acceptable or not acceptable, as well as detailed strengths and weaknesses of each of the finalists.
  • The committee shall convey, to the President, their collective observations in order to inform the final selection by the President.