by Walter Kraft, Published February 01, 2010
YPSILANTI — Eastern Michigan University has named Gloria Hage as its new general counsel, pending approval by the Board of Regents. The appointment is effective March 1, 2010.
Hage joins Eastern from the University of Michigan, where she was Associate Vice President and Deputy General Counsel in the Office of the Vice President and General Counsel, a position held since 2003. The position included day-to-day oversight of the legal affairs of the University, which included advising U-M on a broad spectrum of matters affecting its schools and colleges, Health System campus and regional and off-site facilities. Hage joined U-M in 1992 as assistant general counsel. She also served as interim chief human resources officer in 2004.
Hage was active in various committees at U-M, including the Smoke Free Task Force, Benefits, Policy Review, and several search committees. Prior to joining U-M, Hage was an associate attorney at Butzel Long.
Eastern Michigan University President Susan Martin said, "I am delighted to welcome Gloria as a critical addition to the Eastern Michigan University leadership team. Gloria has an outstanding reputation in the education and legal community, and we know she will make a strong contribution."
Hage said, "This is a great opportunity to join one of Michigan's premier institutions and have a significant role in assisting in its success and growth. I am looking forward to getting to know the outstanding faculty, staff and students at Eastern."
Hage's selection followed an extensive search. The EMU Executive Council, a broad group that includes presidential cabinet members and other top Eastern administrators, interviewed finalists. Ken McKanders, who has been General Counsel since 1987, announced in November that he was leaving effective February 28, 2010 to pursue other professional opportunities.
Hage received her juris doctorate from the University of Michigan, as well as a bachelor's degree in English language and literature. Hage lives in Northville with her husband, Christopher Miller. They have two children. Her salary will be $230,000.