UM Appoints Erica McKinley to General Counsel

Ole Miss appointed Erica McKinley as general counsel June 11. Photo courtesy of Ole Miss Communications.

Ole Miss named alumna Erica McKinley as general counsel June 11. The Tougaloo College and UM Law School graduate comes to Oxford after a stint as chief operating officer for the National Basketball Players Association. She has nearly 20 years of global legal experience in the private and public sectors. 

Ole Miss initiated the search process after former university attorney Lee Tyner announced his resignation in December of last year.

As general counsel, McKinley will serve as the university’s chief legal officer. She will report to Chancellor Jeffrey S. Vitter and provide advice and counsel on a wide array of matters including governance, research, athletics, student affairs and finance, according to a press release.

“We are extremely pleased to have an accomplished leader with such vast experience,” Ole Miss Chancellor Jeffrey Vitter said. “Ms. McKinley is a highly-respected attorney with exceptional legal experience in corporate, government and private practice. We are thrilled to welcome Erica back to Ole Miss.”

McKinley said she comes back to Oxford with an immediate sense of pride, purpose and responsibility. 

“I am honored to support the University of Mississippi as it continues its unprecedented growth in higher education, research and health care,” she said. 

She assumes the role of general counsel on June 22.


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