Vice President and General Counsel

  • Ohio Northern University
  • Ada, OH, USA
  • Aug 05, 2022
Full time Executive Legal

Job Description

Vice President and General Counsel


Ohio Northern University (ONU) seeks an experienced and strategic leader to serve as its Vice President and General Counsel (VPGC). This is an exciting opportunity to provide the University with effective legal services within the field of higher education. The Vice President and General Counsel reports to the President of the University and is a member of the Cabinet, which is eager to collaborate with in-house legal counsel on complex issues facing the University to ensure that it flourishes as a lawful and ethical institution of higher education.


The Vice President and General Counsel is the chief legal officer of the University and oversees the provision of all legal services to the University. The VPGC has general charge of all legal matters pertaining to the University and its governing board; attends meetings of the board and its committees; is responsible for the representation of the University in all legal proceedings; and advises the board, its committees and officers, the President of the University, and other officers on legal questions as may be required.


The University is led by President Melissa Baumann, who began her tenure on July 1, 2022. The University’s mission is to provide a high-quality learning environment that prepares students for success in their careers, service to their communities, and a lifetime of personal growth inspired by the values of truth, beauty, and goodness. The University’s distinctive academic programs include mutually supporting liberal and professional education components that integrate practice and theory, complemented by excellent co-curricular offerings. Faculty and staff at Ohio Northern engage with students in learning to think critically and creatively, communicate effectively, gain practical experience, solve problems collaboratively, and act as responsible members of their community.


Founded in 1871, Ohio Northern University is an independent, selective, and comprehensive university. The University has been affiliated with the United Methodist Church since 1899, instilling core values while offering religious freedom on campus. Today, ONU has an enrollment of approximately 3,000 students and offers more than 70 programs of study across five colleges (arts & sciences, business, law, engineering, and pharmacy). Capitalizing on its historic reputation for quality, ONU is poised to move to a position of significantly greater regional and national prominence.


Academic Search is assisting Ohio Northern University in this search. Applications, nominations, and expressions of interest may be submitted in confidence to When submitting a nomination, please include the nominee’s full name, title, position, and email address. For more information about this position, the leadership agenda, and the application process, please download and review the full position profile on the Academic Search website:


Confidential conversations about this opportunity may be arranged by contacting the Senior Consultants leading this search directly: Dr. Pam Balch ( or Mr. John Garland ( For full consideration by the search committee, applicant materials should be submitted by Tuesday, September 20. Additional information about the institution may be found at


Ohio Northern University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. Ohio Northern University does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, national or ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, or disability.