SARASOTA – New College
of Florida, a liberal arts college in Sarasota, has hired Michael
Pierce as its general
Pierce was formerly an
adjunct professor and director of bar preparation services at Stetson
University College of Law. There, he developed
programs to increase student engagement. He has experience in federal
including the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, Title IX and the Clery Act.
“This hiring continues
to allow the college to have experienced legal counsel on-hand to deal with
regulatory issues and other matters quickly and effectively,” News Services Manager David Gulliver told the Florida
Gullver said it is not the first time New
College of Florida has hired a general counsel.
“The previous general
counsel was hired in July 2013 and served until June 2016,” Gulliver said. “Before
that, we contracted with a law firm for many years. Before that, the college did
have a general counsel position but I don't have the details on hand.”
Pierce received his law degree from Stetson in 2011 and
graduated from Duquesne University in 2008. After completing law school, he
worked in private practice in estate law and asset protection before rejoining
Stetson as program attorney in a consumer protection program. He is a member of
the Florida Bar Association and the Association of Academic Support Educators.
“We are very pleased that Mike has joined our management team,”
said John Martin, vice president of finance and administration at New
College, in a statement. “He is well-versed in many of the important legal issues facing
higher education today and his experience working closely with students,
faculty and administrators will serve the college well.”
Gulliver sad Pierce will not be doing any teaching at the college.
"His duties are strictly to provide legal counsel to the administration," Gulliver sad.