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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
Senior Associate Commissioner for Legal Affairs and Risk Management
Telephone: 601.432.6785

Larry Schemmel
Special Assistant Attorney General
Telephone: 601.432.6128

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

Teresa Thompson
Special Projects Officer
Telephone: 601.432.6302

Jay Woods
Special Assistant Attorney General
Telephone: 601.432.6287