Carl Crosby Lehmann ’91 was appointed vice president and general counsel in 2016. As St. Olaf’s chief legal officer, he provides legal advice and representation to the college and its regents, administrators, faculty, staff, and students when they are performing services on the college’s behalf. He works to protect the college's legal interests in all business transactions. He also serves as an advisor to college policymakers and enforcement entities, ensuring that the college complies with all applicable laws and that principles of due process are respected in decisions impacting students, staff, faculty, and other members of the St. Olaf community. As general counsel, Carl oversees St. Olaf's representation in adversarial forums to ensure that the college’s interests are zealously advanced in furtherance of the highest standards of ethics and integrity.
Prior to his appointment at St. Olaf, Carl was an attorney with the Minneapolis law firm Gray Plant Mooty, with more than 20 years of experience serving colleges and universities in a multitude of transactional and litigation matters, such as student disciplinary cases, institutional accreditation, faculty tenure and promotion decisions, faculty manuals and other policy matters, Title IV compliance, student privacy (FERPA), sexual misconduct matters under Title IX and the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act (VAWA), disability accommodations, and Clery Act compliance. Carl also co-founded trainED, a nationally renowned provider of training, compliance review, and investigation services for colleges and universities. During his time at St. Olaf, Carl has overseen numerous revisions in the college’s Title IX policies and procedures to align them with ongoing changes in applicable federal regulations.
Carl completed a B.A. in political science at St. Olaf College and a J.D. at the University of Minnesota Law School.