Crompton appointed as vice president for government affairs and university counsel


TUSKEGEE, Ala. (February 1, 2011) – As announced by Tuskegee University’s president, Dr. Gilbert L. Rochon, the position of vice president for government affairs and university counsel has been filled by Darryl E. Crompton, JD, MPH, effective Feb. 7. Crompton received his law degree from the University of California Davis; Master of Public Health degree in health services administration from the Yale University School of Medicine, Dept. of Epidemiology and Public Health; and B.A. degree in political science from the University of California, Los Angeles.  He was admitted to the Alabama State Bar in December 1981.

Attorney Crompton has over 35 years experience as a professor, lawyer, public health expert and administrator in the higher education, for profit and non-profit sectors. His program management, teaching, research, government affairs, public policy and public health work has focused on the federal, state and local health department regulation of healthcare delivery systems; hospitals; healthcare access; healthcare coverage; health disparities; ethics; and the legislative process, particularly related to vulnerable populations, the poor and underserved communities.

At earlier stages in his career, Crompton served as associate professor of healthcare law and policy at the University of Alabama Birmingham; staff in the U.S. House of Representatives; staff in the California Assembly and Senate; senior director of the Catholic Health Association; fellow for the Pan American Health Organization; fellow for the Tuskegee University National Center for Bioethics in Research and Health Care; and recently, as director of the Institute for International Public Policy at the United Negro College Fund Special Programs Corporation. He has been an adjunct member of the faculties at Morehouse School of Medicine and Howard University School of Medicine.

The vice president for government affairs and university counsel serves as a member of the president’s cabinet and reports directly to the president. In this capacity, he will develop and lead an expanded range of governmental relations and quotidian legal functions for the university, including referral to external specialized law firms, as needed. The scope of responsibility includes leading efforts to increase funding at the state and federal levels, as well as providing legal counsel to the university. Specific responsibilities include monitoring local, county, state, regional and federal legislation, executive orders, agency directives and court rulings that might impact higher education; reviewing all legal documents such as memoranda of understanding, legal and binding agreements/contracts; and representing the university, activating legal insurance claims and/or retaining appropriate external legal services in all litigation matters affecting the University, when applicable.

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