Carol Hustoles

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Carol L J Hustoles
Faculty Specialist II in Law
(269) 387-5786
3276 Schneider Hall, Mail Stop 5420
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Department of Finance and Commercial Law
Haworth College of Business
Western Michigan University
1903 W. Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5420 USA
  • Ph.D., Western Michigan University
  • J.D., University of Michigan
  • B.S., Michigan State University
Teaching interests: 
  • Legal environments

Dr. Carol Hustoles is a faculty specialist in finance and commercial law at Western Michigan University's Haworth College of Business. She became a full-time faculty member in 2016, teaching LAW 3800: Legal Environment.

Hustoles served as legal counsel for WMU for over 25 years, including as vice president for Legal Affairs and General Counsel for 14 years until 2016. Other attorney positions before those at WMU include assistant general counsel for the Southeastern Michigan Transportation Authority, assistant city attorney for Livonia, and law firm and private practice.

Hustoles’ professional accomplishments include:

  • Top honors in the nonprofit category of the inaugural General and In-House Counsel Awards sponsored by Crain’s Detroit Business.
  • Named by Michigan Lawyers Weekly as one of Michigan’s “Leaders in the Law.”
  • Award recognition by Inforum.  

Hustoles is also a Fulbright Scholar, a former board member of the National Association of College and University Attorneys, and past president of the Kalamazoo County Bar Association and the Women Lawyers Association of Michigan (Southwest Region). She has presented at various conferences and workshops for national organizations, including NACUA, Construction SuperConferences and Construction Owners Association of America, and has authored and co-authored numerous publications.

Pursuant to gubernatorial and congressional appointments, Hustoles served as vice-chair of the Western District Committee to assist Congress and the U.S. Presidential administration in reviewing and recommending qualified applicants for various federal legal positions. She was appointed to serve on Michigan’s State Board of Ethics from 2001 to 2003.

Other service has included:

  • WMU’s legal officer for the Michigan Association of State Universities
  • Member of the Michigan Universities Self Insurance Corporation Legal Committee
  • Member of numerous NACUA committees
  • Editorial board member of the Journal of College and University Law
  • Member of the Kalamazoo County United Way allocation committee
  • Board trustee of the Michigan Women’s Foundation
  • Board member of the Portage Community Center

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