Carol Hustoles

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Carol Hustoles
Vice President for Legal Affairs and General Counsel
(269) 387-1900
(269) 387-1904
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Office of Legal Affairs and General Counsel
1903 W Michigan Ave
Western Michigan University
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5423 USA

Carol L. J. Hustoles serves as Vice President for Legal Affairs and General Counsel for Western Michigan University. Dr. Hustoles earned a Juris Doctor degree from The University of Michigan Law School, a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Educational Leadership (higher education concentration) from Western Michigan University, and a Bachelor of Science degree with high honor from Michigan State University, where she was inducted into the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society.

Dr. Hustoles joined Western Michigan University as in-house legal counsel in 1991. Prior to joining the University, she was a professional urban planner and then practiced law in both the public and private sectors. Dr. Hustoles provides legal assistance and advice to the WMU Board of Trustees, the President, vice presidents, and other members of the senior leadership team and administration throughout the University. In addition, she provides legal counsel to the WMU Foundation, the WMU Research Foundation, and the Biosciences Research and Commercialization Center.

Dr. Hustoles was honored for her professional accomplishments in March 2012 by Inforum, a professional alliance with over 1,800 members throughout the State of Michigan which seeks to strengthen Michigan’s business environment by creating opportunities for women to lead and succeed. In 2011, Dr. Hustoles took the top honors in the nonprofit category of the inaugural General and In-House Counsel Awards sponsored by Crain’s Detroit Business. This awards program recognizes standout corporate and in-house counsel attorneys who “navigate complicated contract negotiations, defend their companies in high-stakes litigation, and defend some of an organization’s most important assets.” Dr. Hustoles was cited for heightening awareness of how legal issues can impact university areas and taking a preventive approach to reduce risk of litigation and legal liability. In 2009, she was named byMichigan Lawyers Weekly as one of Michigan’s 25 “Leaders in the Law” and among those recognized in an annual celebration of members of the state’s legal community designed to “honor both legal success and the qualities of character that make only a few stand out.”

Dr. Hustoles was honored by the German-American Fulbright Commission and received a Fulbright Scholar award to participate in the Germany Seminar for U.S. Administrators in International Education.

She served as a Board member for the National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA), an organization with over 3,500 members representing nearly 1500 campuses (700 member institutions) of higher education. Dr. Hustoles is a past president of both the Kalamazoo County Bar Association and the Women Lawyers Association of Michigan—Southwest Region. She has presented at various conferences and workshops for national professional associations, including NACUA, the Construction SuperConferences and the Construction Owners Association of America, and she has authored and co-authored various publications.

Pursuant to gubernatorial and congressional appointments, Dr. Hustoles served as vice-chair of the Western District Committee to assist Congress and the U.S. Presidential administration in reviewing qualified applicants and making recommendations for the positions of U.S. Attorney, U.S. Marshal, and most recently U.S. District Court Judge for the Western District of Michigan. Dr. Hustoles was appointed by the governor to serve on the Michigan State Board of Ethics from 2001-2003.

She serves on the Michigan Presidents Council Legal Officers Committee, and has also served WMU in various other roles, including as Freedom of Information Act Officer and as Legal Committee member for the Michigan Universities Self Insurance Corporation. She has been a member on various NACUA committees, the Journal of College and University Law Editorial Board, and on the Kalamazoo County United Way. Her other volunteer service includes assistance to sexual assault victims through the YWCA, and serving on the Portage Community Center Board. Dr. Hustoles is a charter member of the Michigan Women’s Foundation “Power of 100 Women,” which engages a broad cross section of women for intellectual and financial support of the MWF and its numerous programs.