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 recognized 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 by Michigan 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.”
In 2001, Dr. Hustoles was honored to receive a Fulbright Scholar award, and participated in the Germany Seminar for U.S. Administrators in International Education.
She has 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 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 also appointed to serve on the Michigan State Board of Ethics from 2001-2003.
She is a member of the Michigan Presidents Council Legal Officers Committee, and has also served as WMU’s Freedom of Information Act Officer and as Legal Committee member for the Michigan Universities Self Insurance Corporation. Dr. Hustoles has been a member on various NACUA committees, the Journal of College and University Law Editorial Board, and on the Kalamazoo County United Way allocation committee. Other volunteer service has included assistance to sexual assault victims through the YWCA, and being on the Portage Community Center Board. Dr. Hustoles currently serves as a Trustee on the Michigan Women’s Foundation Board, and on Inforum’s Southwest Michigan Regional Council.
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Carrick Craig has been practicing law since 1986. He is a 1983 summa cum laude graduate of Adrian College and received his law degree from Wayne State University Law School in 1986. He also has a Master of Arts in English from the University of Toledo.
Mr. Craig joined the Office of the Vice President for Legal Affairs and General Counsel in February 2000. He came to WMU from private practice in Ann Arbor where he was a partner in a private firm that specialized in higher education issues, including employment law and university research issues. Mr. Craig has extensive litigation experience in employment and higher education law and has tried many cases to verdict before both juries and judges. Mr. Craig has also been an adjunct faculty member at Henry Ford Community College and taught English composition at the University of Toledo during his graduate studies. He is a Fellow of the Lee Honors College and teaches Finance and Commercial Law in that college.
In addition, Mr. Craig serves as the University’s Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy and Contact Officer and is in charge of developing and enforcing policies related to the confidentiality of protected health information. Mr. Craig is also the University’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Coordinator and responds on behalf of the University to external requests for University records. He is a member of the National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA) and has conducted several presentations at various conferences for that organization and others. Mr. Craig serves on a variety of University committees. Mr. Craig serves on the Legal Committee for the University’s self-insured entity, the Michigan Universities Self Insurance Corporation (MUSIC) and is past Chair of that Committee.
Mr. Craig provides legal advice and assistance to WMU administrators and staff on a wide variety of issues.
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Ms. Roberts graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Political Science from Black Hills State University and her Associate of Science in Paralegal Studies from National College. Ms. Roberts joined the Office of the Vice President of Legal Affairs and General Counsel in February 1999. She has served on the Board of Directors of the Legal Assistants Association of Michigan as a Regional Director and is active in the National Association of Legal Assistants. Ms. Roberts has been an adjunct faculty member at Davenport University in the paralegal studies program and served as a board member on their American Bar Association Advisory Committee. Some of her duties include assisting in responses to Freedom of Information Act requests, review of student affiliation agreements, releases, coordination of subpoena responses and document production requests, and monitoring and coordinating payment of external legal counsel billings and litigation expenses.
Ms. Roberts acts with the assistance and under the direction of the Office’s attorneys in addressing the legal needs of Western.
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Kayla Gargano joined the Office of the Vice President for Legal Affairs and General Counsel in February 2012 as the Office Assistant. Mrs. Gargano is a native of Lansing and graduated in 2006 with a Bachelor of Science in Zoology from Michigan State University. While in college, Mrs. Gargano worked for MSU’s Office of the General Counsel and also in the MSU's Freedom of Information Act Office. She started her WMU career in 2011 in the Registrar’s Office where she became familiar with FERPA and the University’s transcript system.
Mrs. Gargano serves as Office Assistant to Dr. Hustoles, Mr. Craig, and Ms. Roberts. Her duties include coordinating meeting requests, facilitating the direction of calls from the University community seeking legal assistance to the attorneys and senior paralegal, making travel arrangements, and other office administrative responsibilities.