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NCCU Names Chief Legal Counsel

Hope Murphy Tyehimba, Esq.

North Carolina Central University (NCCU) has appointed Hope Murphy Tyehimba, Esq., as Chief Legal Counsel following a competitive national search. Murphy Tyehimba will begin in her new role on February 15, 2016.

Murphy Tyehimba is an accomplished and seasoned attorney, having been engaged in the practice of law for more than 16 years. Since 2010, she has been a member of the Eagle community having served as Assistant University Legal Counsel, and practiced during her tenure in a number of areas, including anti-discrimination, employment, records management, student issues, contract review and policy review.

In her new role, she will serve as the chief legal advisor to Chancellor Debra Saunders-White, the NCCU Board of Trustees, the senior leadership team and administrators. She also will head the Office of Legal Affairs that provides legal advice and counsel on all matters affecting the legal rights or obligations of the university.

Throughout her career, Murphy Tyehimba has provided accurate, reliable and effective legal advice and has a proven track record of success. She began her legal career in private practice in 1999, working as a family law and criminal law attorney. After leaving private practice, she began working in the public sector at the North Carolina Attorney General’s Office, where she first represented the North Carolina Department of Labor and, subsequently, the North Carolina Statewide Information Technology Procurement Office.

In November 2007, Murphy Tyehimba began her career in higher education, first working at East Carolina University, where she was primarily responsible for advising the Division of Academic Affairs. She later served at North Carolina State University, where she advised faculty committees, student committees and represented the university in employment matters.

Murphy Tyehimba is an active member of the North Carolina Bar Association, serving as a member of the Fee Dispute Resolution Committee; the National Bar Association, on which she is a member of the Administrative Law Section; and the National Association of College and University Attorneys. She is also a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

Murphy Tyehimba obtained Bachelor of Arts degrees in psychology and political science, as well as a Juris Doctorate degree, from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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