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Announcing our New Vice President for Legal Affairs and General Counsel

Message from President Darryll J. Pines

By Darryll J. Pines

Dear colleagues,

It is with great pleasure that I announce the university’s new vice president for legal affairs and general counsel Jay Rosselló. Jay will serve as the university’s chief legal officer responsible for managing the university’s legal affairs. As a member of the university’s leadership team, he will focus on helping university clients fulfill their educational, research and entrepreneurial missions in accord with the many legal and policy requirements applicable to public research universities. He will begin his appointment on August 1, 2023.

Jay currently serves as chief legal officer at The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA), a public, Carnegie R1, Hispanic-serving institution of higher education. Jay has been practicing law for more than 25 years, primarily in the fields of higher education and collegiate sports. In his current role, Jay is responsible for the management and oversight of UTSA’s legal duties and obligations and the administration of its legal affairs office. He provides advice and counsel to the university’s president, executive officers, faculty and staff in accomplishing business and operational goals, and in furthering the institutional mission.

Jay represents UTSA before administrative agencies and courts of law, and supports the university’s compliance, diversity, equity and inclusion, ethics, and risk management functions. He reviews and advises on federal, state and local laws and regulations impacting UTSA, and helps craft internal and external university communications.

Previously, Jay served as general counsel and secretary for the InfiLaw System, a consortium of ABA-accredited law schools, responsible for the law and compliance department, and all legal and compliance affairs for the organization. Prior to that, he was the director of legal affairs and enterprise risk, ethics and compliance for the National Collegiate Athletic Association, and associate general counsel for West Virginia University, the state’s flagship university. Jay also has professional experience as a partner and an associate at two law firms, as in-house counsel at a publicly held company, and as a judicial clerk at the United States Court of Appeals.

Jay brings expertise in a number of areas relevant to public institutions of higher education, including academic and accreditation matters, athletics, business transactions, human resources, intellectual and real property, litigation and dispute resolution, open records and records retention, policies and procedures, campus safety and security, research and regulatory compliance, and student affairs.

Originally from San Juan, Puerto Rico, Jay obtained his B.A. from Yale University, his J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center and his MBA from Suffolk University’s Sawyer School of Management.

Jay’s two decades of diverse experience working in the field of higher education will be a tremendous asset to our Office of General Counsel and the entire university. With a professional background spanning both the public and private sectors, he is well positioned to provide insightful legal guidance and play a pivotal role in advancing our university’s goals, priorities and strategic plan.

I want to extend my sincere thanks to Jen Gartner, who has served with excellence as our interim vice president for the past eight months. We are all grateful for her leadership and insight during this time of transition and are extremely fortunate to have her as a member of our Office of General Counsel.

I also want to thank the search committee, led by Dean Lucy Dalglish, for identifying and recruiting a large and exceptional pool of candidates from around the country.

Please join me in welcoming Jay to our Terrapin family!


Signature of President Darryll Pines

Darryll J. Pines
President, University of Maryland, College Park