Board Legal Counsel
Legal Affairs

The Associate Commissioner for Legal Affairs provides legal counsel to the Board of Trustees, the Commissioner of Higher Education and the staff of the Board and Commissioner. In addition, he assists and advises the various campus attorneys as needed. The members of the Attorney General’s Office assigned to IHL also provide legal counsel to IHL and our public universities.

Van Gillespie
Associate Commissioner for Legal Affairs, Risk Management and Special Projects Officer
Telephone: 601.432.6785

Sharon Smith
Administrative Assistant to the Associate Commissioner for Legal Affairs
Telephone: 601.432.6289

Leigh Patterson
Special Assistant Attorney General
Telephone: 601.432.6783

Stephanie Ganucheau
Special Assistant Attorney General
Telephone: 601.432.6784

Sara DeLoach
Special Assistant Attorney General
Telephone: 601.432.6287

Sharon Phillips
Special Projects Officer
Telephone: 601.432.6781

Jay Woods
Special Assistant Attorney General
Telephone: 601.432.8110