Emporia State’s general counsel moving to South Dakota State

May 31, 2012

Tracy Greene, Emporia State’s general counsel since 2005, has taken a new position at South Dakota State University, a Division 1 institution.

“My time and experiences at Emporia State University, a top-notch comprehensive regional university, are indescribably valuable and will always be dear to me,” said Greene. “Given SDSU’s proven reputation as a premiere teaching and research university, I am eager to embrace this exciting new professional opportunity.”

With an enrollment of nearly 13,000 students, South Dakota State University in Brookings is the largest, most comprehensive institution in South Dakota. It is a land-grant university with eight colleges.

Greene will be the institution’s first university counsel. Her appointment, effective June 22, is pending approval from the South Dakota Board of Regents. The position was created to support the university’s growth in research activity, contracts and agreements and licensing. Greene also will work with other departments in a variety of areas including employment matters, public records and risk management.

“Tracy has been an exceptional legal counselor for Emporia State, with proven breadth and depth of higher education legal knowledge,” said Emporia State President Dr. Michael D. Shonrock. “She developed and provided extensive training programs for the university and served as a highly effective liaison with the Kansas Board of Regents system attorneys, government officials, and others.

“We are thankful for her leadership service for Emporia State and the Emporia community,” said Shonrock. “Certainly I wish Tracy and her family the very best.”

Greene moves to South Dakota with her husband, Robert “Bob” McCurdy, a professional musician specializing in playing and providing instruction in trumpet and jazz.

Before coming to Emporia State, Greene served as a staff attorney at the University of Idaho. Devoting her career to higher education legal services, Greene also previously held a position in student conduct and a law clerkship at the Washington State Attorney General’s Office at Washington State University. 

Greene holds a bachelor of science degree in business, finance and juris doctor from the University of Idaho and is currently licensed to practice law in the states of Idaho and Kansas. Greene has developed and presented numerous presentations on Legal Issues in Higher Education, Discrimination and Harassment, and Public Records and Meetings. She has been active with institutional committees and with various national and local organizations ranging from the participation in the National Association of College and University Attorneys to Rotary International and its Emporia Sunrise Club.

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