The University Record, February 25, 1997

General counsel Cole resigns

Elsa Kircher Cole, U-M general counsel, has announced her resignation, effective May 16.

The announcement follows discussions with President Lee C. Bollinger during which he expressed his desire to select his own executive management team, as is the customary prerogative of university presidents.

"I truly have enjoyed working with the people at Michigan and want to support President Bollinger in every possible way in the transition to the new general counsel," Cole said in announcement Feb. 18. "I wish the institution the best in the future."

Bollinger said he is "grateful for Elsa's many years of service to the University. She has ably led the University's legal team and has contributed to the advancement of the institution in many ways."

Cole has been U-M general counsel for the past eight years. She is a nationally recognized authority on higher education law and has spoken and published widely on employment and student issues, including acting as a consultant to numerous colleges and universities and as legal editor of the Educator's Guide to Controlling Sexual Harassment. She has served on the Board of Directors of the National Association of College and University Attorneys.

Before coming to Michigan in 1989, she was an assistant attorney general for the state of Washington, assigned to represent the University of Washington.