PresenterPhotoHannah Ross currently serves as the General Counsel, Chief of Staff, and Secretary to the Corporation at Middlebury College in Vermont.

She serves as the General Counsel to the liberal arts college in Vermont, as well as the Middlebury Institute for International Studies in Monterey, California, the Bread Loaf School of English, and Middlebury's Language Schools and Schools Abroad. She provides legal and strategic advice to the President, the Board of Trustees, and senior administrators. As Chief of Staff, Hannah serves as an advisor and thought partner to the President and her senior leadership team, organizing, coordinating, and translating initiatives and plans into action. Ms. Ross has practiced in higher education since 2003, when she joined Princeton’s Office of the General Counsel. Ms. Ross supervises litigation and provides advice and counsel on several state and federal regulatory and compliance matters. At Princeton, her practice areas focused on (1) student affairs, especially safety and accessibility issues; (2) campus development and construction; (3) privacy and information security; (4) copyright, and support for the libraries; (5) disabilities and accommodations, and (6) support for health services. Ms. Ross is actively involved in the National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA), having served on its Board of Directors, and as the Chair of the NACUANotes Editorial Board.  She currently serves as the Chair of the CLE Committee for the NACUA Compliance Workshop.  She also serves on the Advisory Board for the Legal Issues in Higher Education conference, hosted by the University of Vermont, and has served on the Steering Committee of Higher Education Real Estate Lawyers (HEREL). Prior to Princeton, Ms. Ross was in private practice as a civil litigator and employment lawyer with Hill & Barlow, P.C. and Goulston & Storrs in Boston. After law school, she clerked for Justice Denise Johnson of the Vermont Supreme Court. Ms. Ross received her J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School and her B.A., summa cum laude, from Yale University.