Guilherme Costa, who has served for the past three years as the chief legal officer of the public university system in South Dakota, has been named vice president and general counsel at Ithaca College. He will assume his new position on September 10. He previously spent five years with the counsel’s office at the University of Idaho, and was an attorney at one of the nation’s leading full-service law firms.
At Ithaca College, Costa will report directly to President Shirley M. Collado and be responsible for providing executive and administrative direction over the college’s legal affairs. He will also serve as secretary to the Ithaca College Board of Trustees.
“Throughout his career, Guilherme has demonstrated an innovative and creative leadership style as well as a dedication to higher education,” said Collado. “His depth and breadth of experience and collaborative approach will help advance the college’s goals of providing a deeply student-centered learning community and safe, productive working environment that values full participation.”
Costa will have responsibility for a wide range of legal, regulatory, compliance, insurance and risk management matters affecting the institution, in addition to providing support, advice and assistance to the board of trustees, president, senior leaders, faculty and staff. Reporting to him will be the associate counsel, assistant counsel, director of risk management and insurance, and Title IX coordinator.
“I am thrilled to be joining such a wonderful community,” said Costa. “Initially, it was the description of the role that captured my interest. Then, the faculty, staff, and students I met confirmed for me that Ithaca College is a special place. President Collado is an inspirational leader and I am excited to join a senior team comprised of dynamic individuals who bring unique experiences and perspectives that will be instrumental in transforming higher education and advancing the mission of Ithaca College.”