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Columbus State executive joins DeWine administration

Campus News | Thursday, January 10, 2019

Kim HallColumbus State Community College announced today that Kimberly L. Hall will depart her role with the College to be appointed by incoming Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine to his cabinet.

Currently serving as senior vice president of administration and general counsel, Hall has been with Columbus State for more than six years and previously served as deputy chief counsel during DeWine’s tenure as Ohio attorney general. She will become the director of the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services in the incoming DeWine gubernatorial administration.

“While we are going to miss Kim’s leadership at Columbus State, I could not be more proud of her for taking on this important role and responsibility in service to the state of Ohio, leading work that is aligned with the college’s commitment to a strengthened and supported workforce,” said Columbus State President David Harrison. “Kim is a great friend and partner. She brings the highest levels of integrity and commitment to her leadership roles. She’s a difference-maker and is well-prepared for this opportunity.”                                                     

“I am deeply grateful to have had the opportunity to help lead an institution that is so critical to Central Ohio,” Hall said. “I look forward to applying my leadership experiences to my new work at the statewide level.”

Hall first joined Columbus State in 2012 as chief of staff, vice president and general counsel, and was promoted to her current position in 2016. She is responsible for Columbus State’s legal and compliance offices; facilities, human resources and police departments; and serves as liaison to the Board of Trustees for policy development and administration and senior legal advisor to the president.

Hall previously served as deputy chief counsel for Attorney General Mike DeWine and as deputy chief counsel for the Ohio Department of Education. She began her career in labor and employment litigation with the law firms Littler Mendelson and Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP in Columbus. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Columbus School for Girls and the YWCA of Columbus. She is the founder and president of the Olive Tree Foundation for Girls, a non-profit organization that provides mentoring and scholarships for young women.  

Hall holds her Juris doctorate from the Fordham University School of Law. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Columbia University in the City of New York and is a graduate of Columbus School for Girls.

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