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Fromer Lone Star College System Chief Operating Office and General Counsel Mario K. Castillo, was appointed as Chancellor of the System effective August 11, 2023. 

Castillo has worked at LSC since 2015. He served as interim-president of the LSC-Kingswood campus for a year, and he has served in various leadership positions for the System including as Vice Chancellor, General Counsel and COO. 

Prior to joining LSC, Castillo was a Partner at Monty & Ramirez, LLP practicing Labor and Employment Law, earning Board Certification in Labor and Employment Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. During this time, he represented the LSC as outside counsel in various matters. He also served as a briefing attorney for the Honorable Felix Recio of the Southern District of Texas and he was an adjunct professor. 

Castillo earned his JD from the Maurer School of Law and Indiana University-Bloomington.

President only since July 2022, University of Pennsylvania President M. Elizabeth Magill resigned December 9, 2023 following an abysmal performance at a Congressional hearing where she could not bring herself to admit that calling for the genocide of Jewish people violates the University’s Code of Conduct and exceeds the boundaries of protected free speech.

While Board Chairman Scott Bok (who also resigned and who is a lawyer) tried to explain that Magill was over-prepared for her testimony and had “lawyered up” giving a more lawyerly answer rather than a moral answer to a question from Rep. Stefanik, the irony is that Magill is seasoned lawyer with a prior stellar career.

Magill earned her JD from the University of Virginia School of Law. Upon graduation she clerked for Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson III on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg. With a long career in academia, Magill served the University of Virginia faculty for 15 years where she was also a vice dean. She left there to become the Dean of Stanford Law School.  After a seven-year tenure, she returned to the University of Virginia to sere as Executive Vice President and Provost, the position she had prior to the UPenn appointment.


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Attorney Doug Kristensen, the longest serving Chancellor at the University of Nebraska, is set to retire at the end of the academic year after serving 22 years. Following a one-year leave, he plans to return to the University to work on strategic projects. Kristensen is also the longest currently-serving leader of any Nebraska institutions of higher education.

Appointed in 2002, Kristensen had previously service in the Nebraska State Legislature (Senate) where he was, at the time, the longest serving speaker in the history of the Legislature. While serving in the Legislature, he also practiced law at Lieske & Kristensen in Minden, Nebraska.

Kristensen earned his law degree from Drake University School of Law.

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