New York University President John Sexton today announced the appointment of Cheryl Mills, Deputy White House Counsel during the Clinton Administration, to the position of General Counsel for New York University. In her new role, Ms. Mills, who is currently NYU’s Senior Vice President for Operations and Administration, will supervise the Office of Legal Counsel as well as the Offices of Public Safety and Environmental Services. She also will serve as Secretary of the Board of Trustees.
President Sexton said, “We at NYU know what everyone who has encountered Cheryl knows: that she has a superb mind, is a skilled attorney, and possesses strong legal, managerial, and operational experience. She has served NYU with excellence and dedication in every assignment, and I am very pleased she has accepted this post, in which she will serve as a core member of the University’s senior management team.
“I would also like to thank Ada Meloy, who graciously took on the task of Acting General Counsel this past year. We appreciate her service in that post, and we are grateful for the wise counsel, dedication, and extraordinary service she has given and continues to give to NYU.”
Before joining NYU as Senior Vice President for Operations and Administration in 2002, Cheryl Mills was Senior Vice President for Corporate Policy and Public Programming at Oxygen Media. Prior to working in New York, she served in the White House as Associate and Deputy Counsel to President William J. Clinton. Cheryl began her legal career at the law firm of Hogan & Hartson, where she practiced with the Education Law Group. Ms. Mills will continue to supervise Operations and Administration for the University until her successor is appointed; a search for her successor will begin immediately.
Ms. Mills received her B.A. from the University of Virginia and her law degree from Stanford, where she was elected to the Stanford Law Review.