Henderson, Nev. – Nevada State College announced today that Berna Rhodes-Ford, an attorney with over twenty years of wide-ranging legal experience, has been selected to become the college’s general counsel.
“Ms. Rhodes-Ford’s extensive and impressive legal understanding showed me that she would be an excellent general counsel for Nevada State,” said Nevada State College President Bart Patterson. “I know that she will be a strong advocate for the students, faculty and staff. She is a person of high integrity who will provide impressive legal leadership to our campus.”
Rhodes-Ford has been practicing law since 1996. Her experience is vast and includes labor and employment, corporate and health care law. She has previously been in-house counsel for Concentra, Inc., a national health care company, providing legal advice and serving as chief litigation counsel. Prior to joining Nevada State, Rhodes-Ford was a partner in the Brown Law Group.
“Her background in many facets of legal practice will serve Nevada State well,” Patterson said. “I am looking forward to her input in a wide variety of issues and policies. I know that her collaboration will make Nevada State a better institution.”
Rhodes-Ford also brings legislative experience with her to the position. She served as an intern for Senator Carol Mosley Braun and legislative assistant and budget manager to Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson. She has also had numerous speaking engagements on a wide variety of workplace, corporate and other legal topics.
“It is a great honor to work with such a burgeoning college with an incredibly diverse student body, faculty and staff,” Rhodes-Ford said. “President Patterson has assembled an amazing team at Nevada State, and I am looking forward to joining their efforts.”
Rhodes-Ford earned her bachelor’s degrees from Southern Methodist University and her law degree from the University of Texas School of Law.
About Nevada State College
Nevada State College, a four-year public institution, is a member of the Nevada System of Higher Education. Nevada State places a special emphasis on the advancement of a diverse and largely under-served student population. Located on a developing 512-acre campus in the foothills of Henderson, Nevada, the college was established in 2002 as a new tier in the state system between the research universities and the two-year colleges. In this role, the college emphasizes high-quality instruction, exemplary service, engaging learning experiences, and innovation as a means to more efficient, effective outcomes in all corners of the campus. Since 2002, Nevada State has grown to offer more than 50 majors and minors, has received independent accreditation, and has expanded its physical campus. Today, the college serves approximately 5,000 students and has over 4,000 alumni, each representing a broad array of cultural and economic backgrounds. For more information, visit http://nsc.edu.