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NACUA's Life Membership Award

Michael C. Weston - 2001

Michael C. Weston will retire this summer, after serving 28 years in the legal counsel’s office at Northwestern University. He first joined the staff in 1973, was appointed Vice President of Legal Affairs in 1981, and was named Vice President and General Counsel in 1990.

Mr. Weston’s career at Northwestern and as a member of NACUA have earned him the respect and admiration of his colleagues from all corners of the country. He has been instrumental in guiding NACUA through times of transition and has always been one of its strongest advocates. He was a member of the Board of Directors from 1985-1988 and was elected Second Vice President in 1992. He then served as First Vice President (1993-1994), President-Elect (1994-1995), and as the Association’s 34th President in 1995-1996. He has also been a member of virtually every NACUA Committee, including Board Operations (Chair, 1988-1990), the Ad-Hoc Committee on Professional Relations (Chair, 1990-1991), Member Services, Finance, Section Oversight (Chair, 1992-1993), Annual Conference Program (Chair, 1993-1994), Continuing Legal Education, Nominations and Elections (Chair, 1996-1997), Honors and Awards (Chair, 1997-1998), and Arrangements (Co-Chair, 1991-1992). In addition, he has attended every Annual Conference since 1983, many of them as either a speaker or a discussion leader.

Mr. Weston has been described by his colleagues as a man of unquestionable integrity, as a mentor, and as an overall advocate for what our Association stands for – the effective legal representation of colleges and universities.

NACUA is pleased to present Mr. Weston with Life Membership in recognition of these exemplary attributes and for his unparalleled contributions to the Association. He has been a valued and valuable member of NACUA and of the higher education law profession.