Shanahan named UNC system vice president, general counsel
The UNC Board of Governors on Friday appointed Thomas C. Shanahan as vice president and general counsel of the 17-campus UNC system.
Shanahan, who had been serving in the role on an interim basis, replaces Laura B. Fjeld, who resigned in April and is running for Congress.
As vice president and general counsel, Shanahan serves as the UNC system’s senior legal officer.
He will provide advice and counsel to UNC system President Tom Ross, the UNC Board of Governors and the system’s senior staff on all legal and policy issues.
Ross said Shanahan has done an “outstanding job” while serving as interim general counsel.
“He has earned the confidence and respect of this board, the staff here at General Administration and colleagues throughout the university and state government,” Ross said.
Shanahan joined UNC General Administration in 2010 as associate vice president for legal affairs.
While in that role, Shanahan handled a range of higher education legal matters and served as the system’s expert on matters concerning employment law, administrative law, policy and compliance.
Before joining the UNC system, Shanahan spent more than a decade in private practice and with the U.S. Department of Labor, serving as deputy regional solicitor for the Southeast in the Office of the Solicitor, deputy regional director of the Employee Benefits Security Administration for the Southeast and as supervisory trial counsel in a variety of Labor Department matters.
He is a graduate of Cornell University and the University of Georgia School of Law.