President Steve Scott announced on Oct. 30 the selection of Jamie Brooksher as the university's new general counsel.
Brooksher, who serves as associate general counsel and director of equal opportunity and affirmative action, was selected after an internal search. The position had been held for the past six years by Darron Farha, who was recently named as vice president and university counsel at Valparaiso University in Valparaiso, Ind.
"We are fortunate to have someone of Jamie's caliber and experience already on campus," President Scott said. "She has worked closely with Darron since coming to PSU, and that experience will help her as she moves into her new role with the university."
The general counsel serves as the university's chief attorney and legal expert, evaluating and making recommendations regarding compliance with university, state, and federal policies, procedures, laws and regulations. The general counsel researches and responds to legal issues, and serves as a representative of the president.
Brooksher has been with Pitt State since 2007, after she finished her juris doctorate from the University of Kansas. She earned a bachelor's degree in history from PSU in 2003. At PSU, her responsibilities have included working with students and employees to accommodate those with disabilities, ensuring compliance with affirmative action and equal opportunity laws, facilitating the resolution of grievances, and collaborating in legal matters involving the university.
As a law student, she worked for the National Labor Relations Board in Overland Park, Kan., where she investigated and assisted with cases stemming from labor union disputes. Her experience includes working in a clerkship for the Douglas County (Kan.) District Court, where she assisted judges and court administrators with legal research and brief writing. Her student tenure also included serving on the University of Kansas Defender Project, a nonprofit legal counsel for the incarcerated.
"I am thankful for this opportunity, and am looking forward to serving PSU in this new role," Brooksher said. She will begin her new position in November.