Carol Kaesebier, vice president and general counsel of the University of Notre Dame, announced today her retirement, effective Oct. 1.
Elected by the Board of Trustees to her current position in February 1995, Kaesebier is responsible for all University legal matters, including those related to human resources and employment policies, faculty, student policies and discipline, business negotiations and contracts,intellectual property, immigration, litigation and risk management.
For the past two decades, and in particular the last 13 years as general counsel, Carol has expertly handled the vast array of legal issues associated with a major research university,said Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., Notre Dames president.Her penetrating insight, steady demeanor and deep sense of justice have served this University extraordinarily well. While we will miss her wise counsel, we wish her and Dean the very best in their retirements.
Kaesebiers husband, W. Dean Kaesebier, is retiring as chief executive officer of Laporte County Coop. They plan to relocate to Fairhope, Ala., to be closer to children and grandchildren.
Jenkins said a national search will be initiated for a successor.
Kaesebier joined Notre Dame in June 1988 as assistant general counsel. She was promoted to associate general counsel in July 1991 and to associate vice president and counsel a year later.
Kaesebier has been actively involved in Notre Dames leadership role in improving the worldwide working conditions of laborers who produce collegiate licensed products and other goods. She serves on the board of directors of the Fair Labor Association and is the Universitys liaison with the Workers Rights Consortium, the two organizations at the forefront of the issue.
A 1971 alumna of the University of Illinois, Kaesebier was graduated first in her class from the Valparaiso University School of Law in 1983. She was an associate attorney at Barnes&ThornburgIndianas largest law firmfrom 1983 to 1992 and an associate professor of law at Valparaiso from 1986 to 1988. She served as clerk extern for Judge James T. Moody in the federal district court in Hammond, Ind., from 1982 to 1983.
A member of the American, Indiana and St. Joseph County Bar Associations, Kaesebier has lectured and written on a variety of legal issues, especially those affecting colleges and universities.