Charles Marshall will serve as vice chancellor and general counsel for the University beginning on Sept. 16, interim Chancellor Kevin Guskiewicz announced Thursday.
This role was previously filled by Mark Merritt, who left UNC in December of 2018. In the time following, interim general counsels Steve Keadey and Kara Simmons have filled the role. Merritt was one of many University administrators to leave UNC during the 2019-20 school year, including former Chancellor Carol Folt and Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Winston Crisp.
Marshall is a partner at a Raleigh law firm and outside general counsel to the North Carolina Association of Broadcasters. He previously worked in the Department of Justice as an appellate litigator and a policy adviser on Sen. Mitch McConnell's staff.
"Charles brings a wealth of knowledge and diverse legal experience to this role," Guskiewicz wrote in the announcement. "His broad expertise in digital media and data privacy will be vitally important for protecting the University in today's landscape of privacy threats and rapid technological change."
According to the announcement, Marshall will serve as the University's chief legal officer and provide legal advice and counsel on legal matters involving UNC, along with direct outside counsel on all cases and issues. He will also be a liaison with the Office of the President of the University of North Carolina system and the N.C. Attorney General’s Office on legal issues.