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Hage to lead Office of the General Counsel during search

Gloria Hage has been tapped to serve as interim vice president and general counsel. Her appointment, effective Aug. 1, was approved by the Board of Regents at its July 19 meeting.

Hage, currently associate vice president and deputy general counsel, will serve in the dual role until a permanent general counsel is selected, President Mary Sue Coleman announced.

A national search is underway to replace Vice President and General Counsel Marvin Krislov, who will step down Aug. 3 to become the president at Oberlin College in Ohio. Christina Whitman, the Francis A. Allen Collegiate Professor of Law and professor of women's studies, heads the search advisory committee for the new vice president and general counsel.

"Associate Vice President Hage brings to her role as interim vice president excellent understanding of the legal dimensions of the University's work, a thoughtful and rigorous approach to legal issues, the demonstrated ability to provide insightful and clearly communicated counsel, and excellent administrative and management skills," Coleman says.

Hage earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in English language and literature from the University in 1983 and her Juris Doctor degree from the Law School in 1986.

She began her career as an associate attorney with the firm Butzel Long from 1986-92, practicing in the areas of labor and employment. In 1992, she joined the University's legal staff as assistant general counsel, acting as U-M's lead attorney in labor, employment and benefits law.

In 2002 Hage was appointed associate vice president and deputy general counsel, becoming a member of the management team overseeing the legal staff, outside counsel and the budget.

Among her accomplishments are innovative fee arrangements with law firms that have resulted in significant cost reductions, a program to extend benefits to other qualified adults in response to a Michigan Court of Appeals ruling that requires U-M to eliminate benefits for same-sex domestic partners at the end of 2007, and leadership of a University-wide wage-and-hour compliance study and implementation of employee exempt status changes. She also served as a member of the legal team that managed the sale of M-Care. Hage is a member of the Institute for Continuing Legal Education faculty.

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