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Elsa Kircher Cole
Advisory Council Member
University Counsel, University of New Mexico

Elsa Kircher Cole, Stanford AB ’71, Boston University JD ’74, is University Counsel at the University of New Mexico. Formerly she held the position of general counsel for the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation based in Austin, Texas, with additional offices in New Delhi and Cape Town. She helps facilitate the mission of the foundation which is to provide education solutions and better health for children living in urban poverty, which in many instances depends on securing the economic well-being of their mothers through micro-financing and loans. She joined the foundation staff in January 2011 after 13 years with the NCAA as its general counsel and vice-president for legal affairs. There she worked for passage of regulations aimed at creating meaningful education experiences for student-athletes and better safety equipment and guidance for them as well ensuring the implementation of Title IX and gender equity in NCAA programs. Before that, she was the general counsel for the University of Michigan for eight years following 13 years on the legal staff of the University of Washington, dealing with a multitude of higher education issues and litigation. She was named a Life Member of the National Association of College and University Attorneys for her service to higher education and received the Joseph E. O’Neill award from Marquette University School of Law in 2010 for her contributions to sports law while exhibiting the highest ethical standards.Currently, she has been selected for a University Counsel position at the University of New Mexico due to her vast experience as an attorney.