July 9, 2010
Elizabeth Blevins, Director, Office of Communications
Phyllis Noah, Communications Coordinator
Office: (740) 351-3810; FAX: (740) 351-3179; Cell: (740)
940 Second Street – Portsmouth, Ohio 45662
Shawnee State University Names New General Counsel
Cheryl Hacker has joined the staff of Shawnee State
University as general counsel. While she may be new to SSU,
she is no stranger to Portsmouth. She has participated in
the TOSRV bike ride over the years and has become familiar
with the community.
been here for TOSRV, I've always enjoyed walking around
downtown Portsmouth and along the flood wall mural,” Hacker
Hacker is originally from Lancaster, Penn., and attended
college at Bluffton University in northwestern Ohio. When
she graduated from law school at Capital University in
Columbus, she was working in the Ohio Public Defender’s
Office and in 1992 moved to the Ohio Attorney General’s
For nearly 13
years, she has been working in the education section of the
state attorney general’s office and was the principal
assistant attorney general representing and advising state
colleges and universities. Hacker began her position at SSU
on Thursday, July 1.
State is a dynamic regional university that has many of the
issues and challenges of larger institutions, but with the
qualities that a smaller college has to offer,” Hacker said.
“Working at SSU will give me the opportunity to deal with a
variety of issues in the atmosphere of a smaller school
where faculty and administrators focus primarily on student
worked directly with college and university administrators
and boards on a broad range of matters, including HR,
business contracts, intellectual property and student
“One of the
things I've most enjoyed is working with colleges and
universities to institute measures to prevent legal problems
from arising in the first place,” Hacker said.
that she and her husband, Jeff Ferriell, a professor at
Capital University Law School, are looking forward to
getting involved in university and community activities.
“We both look
forward to getting to know Portsmouth better and exploring
the surrounding area,” she said. “He's been encouraging me
to look for a job like this and is excited about my
opportunity at Shawnee State. He's also enthusiastic about
spending time in such a beautiful part of the state.”
They are both
fans of women’s college basketball and plan to fit SSU
Bears’ games into their schedule this winter.
also involved in historic preservation and served on the
German Village Architectural Review Commission from 2000 to
2009 serving as chair for four years.
to become more acquainted with historic preservation issues
in Portsmouth,” Hacker said. “But, my first priority will be
to become fully integrated into the Shawnee State University