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Andrew C. Hughey, General Counsel
Andrew C. Hughey joined Texas Southern University in 2010. As General Counsel Mr. Hughey is the Chief Legal Officer for Texas Southern University. He supervises a staff of attorneys, coordinates services to all units of the University and provides legal advice to the Board of Regents, University President, Administrative Officers, Academic Deans, Faculty, and Staff, in their official capacities on matters involving or affecting the University and its divisions. Prior to his arrival at Texas Southern University he served as General Counsel and Secretary to the Board of Trustees at Central State University for 12 years. He also served Central State as an Adjunct Professor in its College of Education.  Prior to joining Central State University, Mr. Hughey was Associate General Counsel at the University of Pittsburgh for 13 years. He also served as Adjunct Professor of Law at Duquesne University School of Law and was an Instructor of Legal Studies at the University of Pittsburgh for many years. Additionally, he was a Civil Service Commissioner for the City of Pittsburgh.  Mr. Hughey is a member of the National Association of College and University Attorneys where he served on the Board of Directors, and has served as chair of its Committee on Continuing Legal Education.  He also served as a member of the Steering Committee for the Dayton Ohio Dialogue on Race Relations and as Trustee for the Dayton Regional Transit Authority. Mr. Hughey received his BA degree from the University of Pittsburgh and his JD from Duquesne University School of Law.

Kenneth A. McKanders, Deputy General Counsel
Kenneth A. McKanders joined Texas Southern University’s Office of General Counsel in 2011. Prior to his arrival at Texas Southern University, he served as General Counsel at Eastern Michigan University (EMU) for 22 years.   During the period of his EMU employment he also served as a part-time Lecturer within the Departments of Leadership and Counseling and Associated Health Professions. Prior to EMU, he served as Executive Director of Legal Affairs at Wayne County Community College and as Assistant General Counsel at Wayne State University. He is a member of the National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA) and has served on its Board of Directors. He has chaired and/or served on several NACUA committees and has made presentations on a variety of legal topics at NACUA conferences and workshops. In 2009 he was a recipient of NACUA’s Distinguished Service Award. He obtained his J. D. degree from Wayne State University and his B. A. degree in Political Science from Michigan State University. In his capacity as Associate General Counsel, Ken assists with the coordination and delivery of legal services to all units of the University and assists with providing legal advice to University administrators and staff, in their official capacities on matters involving or affecting the University.

Cheryl Cash, Associate General Counsel
Cheryl Cash serves the University as Associate General Counsel.   Ms. Cash brings a diverse range of experience to the office, having worked for several years in the private sector and with the City of Houston.   As a Senior Assistant City Attorney, Ms. Cash had extensive experience in the field of Labor & Employment law.  She conducted many arbitration proceedings and litigated discipline & termination hearings, whistleblower and Title VII claims in state and federal district and appellate courts.    Ms. Cash graduated with honors from The Catholic University of America in Washington DC with a Bachelors of Science in Nursing. She obtained her Juris Doctor from the University of Maryland in Baltimore.   Working in the Office of General Counsel since 2009, Ms. Cash assists with coordinating services to all units of the University and assists with providing legal advice to University administration and staff, in their official capacities on matters involving or affecting the University.  She is a member of the Labor & Employment Law Section of the State Bar of Texas and the National Association of University and College Attorneys.

Yolanda Buckner, Attorney Fellow of the Office of General Counsel
Yolanda Buckner serves the University as Attorney Fellow of the Office of General Counsel. Prior to joining the University, Ms. Buckner worked in private practice as a solo practitioner where she gained experience in real estate law, contracts law, entertainment law, and business litigation. Ms. Buckner graduated with honors from Florida A&M University with a Bachelors degree in political science. She later graduated with honors from TSU Thurgood Marshall School of Law with a Juris Doctorate degree. She is a member of the National Association of University and College Attorneys.


Staff

Minerva Carter, Department Business Administrator
Minerva Carter is a results focused leader with proven success in the business industry spanning to Business Management/Development, Marketing, Sales, Recruiting, and Project Management.  She is a driven problem solver with strong analytical and organizational skills. Articulate communicator who optimizes customer satisfaction and motivates personnel. She is a business-minded professional that seeks maximization of life and career potential with 17+ years of diverse business experience.

Minerva Carter began her role as Department Business Administrator July 1, 2014.  She previously held the role of Project Coordinator in the Innovative Transportation Research Institute in the College of Science and Technology at Texas Southern University.  She is a graduate of Texas Southern University with a B.S. degree in Biology.

 

Kedric Patterson, Legal Assistant
Kedric has been with the Office of General Counsel since May 2002. Prior to that, he worked for the City of Houston Municipal Court system.  Kedric previously worked in the University’s Department of Academic Affairs under the direction of Dr. Bobby Wilson and is a graduate of Texas Southern University with a B.A. degree in Administration of Justice.

 

 
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  Andrew C. Hughey, General Counsel
Hannah Hall, Office 310G
Office Extension: 7470
email: hugheyac@tsu.edu

  Kenneth A. McKanders, Deputy General Counsel
Hannah Hall, Office 310C
Office Extension: 1818
email: mckanderska@tsu.edu

  Cheryl Cash, Associate General Counsel
Hannah Hall, Office 310B
Office Extension: 4216
email: cashcg@tsu.edu

  Yolanda Buckner, Attorney Fellow
Hannah Hall, Office 310D
Office Extension: 7893
email: Yolanda.Buckner@tsu.edu

  Minerva Carter, Department Business Administrator
Hannah Hall, Office 310E
Office Extension: 1325
email: cartermg@tsu.edu

  Kedric Patterson, Legal Assistant
Hannah Hall, Suite 310 (Front Desk)
Office Extension: 7950
email: pattersonkl@tsu.edu