WMU News

Hustoles named University's general counsel

Oct. 8, 1999

KALAMAZOO -- The appointment of Carol L.J. Hustoles of Portage as general counsel for Western Michigan University was approved by the WMU Board of Trustees at its meeting Oct. 7.

Hustoles, whose appointment was effective July 1, will serve as chief legal counsel for the University and report directly to the president. Her role is to provide legal advice, assistance and representation to the WMU trustees, administration, faculty and staff in all legal matters relating to the University.

Since March, Hustoles has served as interim general counsel, assuming the legal duties that were part of the position held by Keith A. Pretty, who left the University last December. Prior to being named to the interim position, she was associate general counsel at WMU from 1994 to 1998, assistant general counsel from 1992 to 1994 and associate to the general counsel in 1991.

Before joining the University staff, Hustoles was an attorney with the Kalamazoo firm Bauckham, Sparks, Rolfe & Thomsen for three years, concentrating on township and public corporation law. Her background also includes her own private general law practice, service as special assistant city attorney for Kalamazoo and positions as assistant city attorney for Livonia, Mich., and assistant general counsel for the Southeastern Michigan Transportation Authority in Detroit. Before attending law school, she was a planner for the city of Southfield, Mich., and the township of Waterford, Mich.

Hustoles graduated from Michigan State University in 1974 with a bachelor's degree in urban planning. She is a 1980 graduate of the University of Michigan Law School and was admitted to the State Bar of Michigan that same year.

She has been active in professional organizations, serving as president in 1996-97 of the Kalamazoo County Bar Association and as president for two terms, from 1991 to 1993, of the Southwest Region Women Lawyers Association of Michigan. She also is active with the National Association of College and University Attorneys.

Media contact: Cheryl Roland, 616 387-8400, cheryl.roland@wmich.edu


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