Vanderbilt names general counsel

Former deputy GC for Homeland Security to oversee university's legal matters

Vanderbilt University has named Audrey Anderson, formerly deputy general counsel of the Department of Homeland Security, as its general counsel.

Anderson (pictured) will start the job March 11 and replaces David Williams, who had served as the university’s general counsel since 2000 before becoming in mid-2012 the permanent athletics director (he previously also had been de facto AD).

Anderson will provide legal advice to all Vanderbilt departments in areas covering contracts, intellectual property, taxation, business matters, health care law and personnel issues. She also will manage all litigation proceedings on behalf of VU.

“Vanderbilt is a very large and complex organization, and the responsibilities of the general counsel are critical to the university and its mission,” Nicholas S. Zeppos, Vanderbilt Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos, said in a release. “I am pleased to welcome Audrey on behalf of the Vanderbilt community. The focus, expertise and level of excellence that she brings to this position will move the university forward in achieving its future promise and progress.”

Prior to her work at the Department of Homeland Security, Anderson served as a partner in the Washington, D.C., law firm Hogan and Hartson.

Anderson earned her bachelor’s degree in economics from Northwestern in 1985 and her law degree from the University of Michigan in 1990. She clerked for Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist of the U.S. Supreme Court from 1991 to 1992 and was an adjunct professor at Washington College of Law at American University from 2006 to 2007.

“I am deeply honored to have this opportunity to serve Vanderbilt and am excited to join the leadership team that is working on so many important initiatives,” Anderson said. “I look forward to leading the legal team to support the chancellor and vice chancellors and ultimately, the faculty, staff, students and alumni of the university as well as the doctors, staff and patients of Vanderbilt University Medical Center.”