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Traevena Byrd (Class of 1997)

Traevena Byrd, Towson, Maryland, has been appointed as vice president and general counsel for American University. At AU, Byrd will serve as a member of the president's cabinet and chief legal advisor to the university's executive officers and board. In the role of general counsel, she will provide, manage, and coordinate all legal services for the university. Byrd's career in higher education began at the University of Iowa, where she served as an assistant director of admissions, followed by her appointment as the director of the Commission on the Status of African-Americans for the State of Iowa Department of Human Rights. She previously worked as associate general counsel at Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York, where she regularly taught a civil rights seminar as an adjunct faculty member. As Towson's chief legal officer, she currently manages the university's legal affairs, serves as legal advisor to the president and university executive officers, and acts as the liaison to the Maryland Office of the Attorney General.

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Traevena Byrd