Office of General Counsel

Office of the Vice President & General Counsel

Welcome to the website of the Park University Office of the Vice President & General Counsel (OGC). This site contains general information about the OGC, its services and its organizational structure. It is intended as a basic reference tool and a way to become acquainted with the office, its staff, and the services it provides to Park University (University).

The OGC is staffed by Vice President & General Counsel Roger W. Hershey, J.D., L.L.M., Associate Vice President & General Counsel Courtney E. Goddard, J.D. and Executive Assistant Ami Wisdom.

OGC attorneys advise the University Board of Trustees regarding governance and legal issues. They also advise the President and other Executive staff members, and as appropriate, other senior administrators, faculty and staff members, about University-related legal and regulatory matters. These include the University's business transactions, contractual relationships, real estate interests, policy formulation and compliance, litigation, dispute resolution, collective bargaining, and other human resource matters.

OGC attorneys also represent the University before state courts, administrative agencies, regulatory bodies, municipal boards, commissions, and in various transaction-related negotiations. Additionally, OGC attorneys coordinate the work of outside legal counsel retained to represent the interests of the University in judicial and administrative proceedings.

The OGC provides legal representation and counsel only pursuant to requests submitted to the OGC after the requests have been approved by the University President or a Vice President. An Office of General Counsel request form is available through this site. The OGC does not provide legal services to individual University employees or students regarding personal legal matters; nor does it represent individual employees or students in judicial and administrative proceedings.