Westminster Appoints New General Counsel

Oct 22, 2013

Oct. 16, 2013 New attorney brings years of Equal Opportunity, civil rights, labor relations expertise to college   SALT LAKE CITY - Westminster is pleased to announce the appointment of Melissa Flores, J.D., as the college's new General Counsel. Flores will begin her position on Nov. 18, 2013. As General Counsel, Flores will provide legal advice to the president, the Board of Trustees, and college constituencies. She will work with outside legal specialists when necessary. She will also serve our campus as a resource on compliance issues and with her mediation skills. Flores will serve on the president's cabinet and Executive Team. "We are excited that Melissa has agreed to join the Westminster community," said Dr. Levin-Stankevich, Westminster president. "She brings a strong mix of applicable legal and compliance experience, a background in a variety of educational settings and a community perspective and involvement that will be valuable to our college. Melissa immediately connected with the many constituencies she visited during her interview as highly approachable and energetic." Flores brings more than 15 years of legal experience to Westminster, and has most recently served as the Chief Civil Rights Officer for the Canyons School District. She served as the independent investigator for allegations of Title VII, ADA/504, and Title VI discriminatory violations, and acted as legal counsel for issues dealing with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and custody and police/court issues. "By all accounts, Westminster College is a dynamic, world-class institution of higher learning," added Flores. "It is a privilege and an honor to join the ranks of the faculty and staff at Westminster. I look forward to working with the Board of Trustees and President Brian Levin-Stankevich as we move forward in a collective effort to build on Westminster's rich tradition of excellence." Flores' career in law started as the manager of the Equal Employment Office and 504 (disabilities) coordinator for Brigham Young University in Provo. There she investigated claims of sexual, racial, age, disability and gender discrimination involving employees, students, faculty and staff. She has taught a variety of legal and business classes in an adjunct capacity at BYU-Idaho, Kaplan University, Utah Valley University and UNLV. Flores is a native of Utah and received her Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Juris Doctorate at BYU-Provo. Flores was offered the General Counsel position following a national search conducted by a six-person committee at Westminster.  

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