As a member of the president’s cabinet and senior leadership team, the duties of the General Counsel include focused responsibilities and authority for developing and leading matters relating to the university’s legal and external affairs. 

Crystal James

Crystal M. James, JD, MPH.

VP External Affairs & General Counsel
Co-Director Center for Rural Health & Economic Equity
Special Assistant to the President for COVID-19 Recovery

320 Kresge Center
Phone: 334.724.4715



Constanza Hoffman

Constanza Hoffman, MBA

Executive Assistant
320 Kresge Center
Phone: 334.727.8872

In her capacity on behalf of the Office of the General Counsel and External Affairs, Hoffman provides executive-level administrative support to the office, organizes and maintains legal documentation, tracks legal activities, and monitors the university’s contract review process. She has more than 15 years of higher education experience in senior executive support roles in both academic and administrative settings. In addition to her office duties, she serves as a member of the Tuskegee University Staff Senate.


  • Master of Business Administration (MBA), South University
  • Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.), Faulkner University


The Office of the General Counsel and External Affairs is located in Tuskegee University’s Kresge Center. Correspondence can be mailed to 1200 W. Montgomery Road, 322 Kresge Center, Tuskegee, Alabama 36088; faxed to 334.727.4453; and/or emailed to the appropriate staff member’s email address. All telephone inquiries should be made by calling 334.727.8872.