General Counsel

February 17, 2023

Dear all,

It is my pleasure to announce the appointment of Shay Humphrey as the inaugural General Counsel for Vassar, confirmed by the Board of Trustees this week. Shay will begin in her role on April 3; her office will be on the south end of the second floor of Main. Shay will report to the President, be part of the senior leadership team, and help staff the Audit Committee of the Board of Trustees.

Shay is a Vassar graduate who majored in History (with an education concentration) and earned her JD from the University of Florida College of Law with Honors. She was recently named a Top Hudson Valley Lawyer (Intellectual Property) and has worked in a diversity of legal areas in the region for decades, where she represented several local non-profit social service agencies and educational institutions. Shay comes to Vassar after being a partner and special counsel at law firms in Orange County; and, most recently, Shay has been the In-House Legal Counsel for the Access PT System, which operates in four states, including New York.

An avid amateur genealogist, Shay creates family history books for friends and family. When weather permits, she also can be found stand-up paddle boarding on nearby waterways. She is the Chair of the Board of Trustees for Vassar Brothers Medical Center (part of Nuvance Health) and was the Treasurer and member of the Board of Trustees for the New Paltz Ballet Theatre, where she had an integral role in producing the Bardavon’s production of the Nutcracker for many years. Please join me in welcoming Shay Humphrey (back) to Vassar!

Elizabeth H. Bradley, President
Vassar College
Poughkeepsie, NY 12604