Arcadia University Announces Valerie Harrison as Vice President for Legal Affairs and General Counsel 

Glenside, PA, May 30, 2012—Arcadia University President Carl (Tobey) Oxholm III has announced that Valerie Harrison, currently Associate University Counsel at Temple University, has been appointed the new Vice President for Legal Affairs and General Counsel. She will start with Arcadia on June 1.

“It’s such a pleasure to find someone about whom nothing but accolades were given, not only from her colleagues and references, but also from many others in the legal community whom I have known and respected for so long,” says President Oxholm, who started his career in academia as General Counsel of Drexel University.

Harrison’s career in the law began with six years with one of Philadelphia’s most prestigious international law firms, Morgan Lewis, 11 years as in-house corporate counsel to two multinational corporations, and 13 years as an Associate University Counsel for Temple University. She has had extensive experience with student life, labor and employment, contract drafting, review and negotiation, and risk management, and she has served as liaison to two committees of the Temple University Board of Trustees. She has an extensive record of community service and is pursuing a Ph.D. in African American Studies at Temple, which she expects to complete next year.

Arcadia’s Human Resources and Risk Management functions will report to Harrison in the new role of Vice President for Legal Affairs. She will also be a member of the President’s Cabinet and the Executive Council. Her office will be located in Dilworth Hall, adjacent to the Office of Community Service.

Media Contact: Lori Bauer, Arcadia University, 215-847-1819 (cell), 215-572-2969,

About Arcadia University: Arcadia University is a top-ranked private university in metropolitan Philadelphia and a national leader in study abroad and international education. The 2011 Open Doors report ranks Arcadia University a top leader in the nation in undergraduate study abroad. U.S. News & World Report ranks Arcadia University among the top regional universities in the North and as one of the top study abroad programs. U.S. News also ranks Arcadia’s Physical Therapy program among the top 15 in the nation. Arcadia’s Physician Assistant students score in the elite 4th percentile on national boards. Arcadia University promises a distinctively global, integrative and personal learning experience that prepares students to contribute and prosper in a diverse and dynamic world. (