FitzGerald named new general counsel

Sean FitzGerald, associate vice president and associate general counsel for Wayne State University in Detroit, has been named BGSU’s new general counsel, effective Oct. 13.

Sean FitzGerald

FitzGerald, who graduated with honors from the University of Detroit (now Detroit-Mercy) School of Law, has been an attorney at Wayne State for more than 11 years. He has represented the university in higher education legal issues including labor and employment, contract negotiations, open records and student issues.

Prior to working at Wayne State, FitzGerald was in private practice with a large Detroit law firm. There, he represented governmental clients including counties, cities and townships in legal matters ranging from zoning and land use to tort claims and civil rights litigation.

"With his extensive background in civil and higher education law, Sean is well prepared to deal with the array of BGSU's legal needs," Interim President Carol Cartwright said. "He will be a great resource for the campus community."

FitzGerald earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan. He is a member of the State Bar of Michigan and is admitted to practice before the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Pending his admittance to the Ohio Bar, FitzGerald will hold the title of assistant to the president at BGSU.

"This is an exciting time at BGSU, and I am honored by this opportunity," FitzGerald said. "I look forward to working with President Cartwright and her team, the board of trustees and the entire BGSU community."

September 22, 2008