Melissa J. Holloway, general counsel for legal affairs at North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro, has been named chair-elect of the National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA). As chair-elect Holloway will automatically become board chair of NACUA for 2023-24. She will be the first attorney from a historically Black college or university to lead the organization in its more than 60-year history.
NACUA’s mission is to advance the effective practice of higher education attorneys for the benefit of the colleges and universities they serve by educating attorneys and administrators as to the nature of campus legal issues. NACUA is a membership organization in the field of higher education law and a primary source of information on legal developments facing colleges and universities. The association has more than 1,650 institutional campus members and 5,000 attorney representatives.
Holloway joined the staff at North Carolina A&T State Univerity in May 2019 after serving as deputy general counsel at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, from October 2015 through April 2019. Previously, she was general counsel at North Carolina Central University from February 2009 to October 2015 and was chief legal affairs officer at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay from January 2001 to February 2009. She spent four years as an associate at the law firm of Foley & Lardner in Milwaukee before entering higher education.
Holloway holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Syracuse University in New York. She earned a master’s degree in political science from Binghamton University in New York, and a juris doctorate from the University of Wisconsin School of Law.