Pace appointed as General Counsel, Mac Johnson to retire after fall semester

G. Michael Pace, Jr.

G. Michael Pace, Jr.

Roanoke College President Michael Maxey sent the following announcement to the campus community today.

From President Mike Maxey:

I am pleased to announce the appointment of G. Michael Pace, Jr. as Roanoke College's first General Counsel. Mike was the managing partner of Gentry Locke Rakes & Moore, LLP from 1999 through 2012 where he also represents privately held companies, colleges, school boards and other clients. His legal experience includes business and commercial real estate law. Mike is already associated with Roanoke College as an adjunct professor in the Public Affairs department. He will join Roanoke College full time this summer and will work from the President's office. He will continue his relationship with Gentry Locke Rakes & Moore as Of Counsel to the firm.

Mike will be an excellent addition to the college community. He has an excellent legal mind and is a creative problem solver. Both of those skills will be valuable additions to our work here. His appointment is an important stride forward for Roanoke College.

Mike is a former president of The Virginia Bar Association (2008), and he is well known to campus as the founder and president of The Center for Teaching the Rule of Law, which located its offices on the Roanoke College campus in 2012. The Center is a charitable educational organization, the mission of which is to enlighten people everywhere about the role of the rule of law as the fundamental foundation that enables democratic ideals, principles and institutions to work and provide justice, fairness, equality and stability in civil societies, past, present and future.

Mike is a resident of Salem and a graduate of Hampden-Sydney College, where he served on its Board of Trustees. He received his Juris Doctor from Washington & Lee University School of Law, where he also serves as an adjunct professor. His curriculum vitae is attached.

McMillan "Mac" Johnson IV, senior advisor to the president, plans to work through the fall semester to assist in Pace's transition to the new role. At the end of the 2013, Mac plans to retire. As you know, Mac is a 1970 graduate of Roanoke and has served the College for more than three decades and of that 27 years as dean of students and vice president of student affairs.

Mac Johnson

Mac moved from student affairs vice president in 2008 to serve as an advisor to me at that time. He facilitates the work of the president's cabinet and serves as a liaison to the City of Salem. I am deeply grateful to Mac for his decades long service to his alma mater. He has been an excellent student affairs professional and an outstanding assistant in this office. We will have many opportunities to celebrate and appreciate Mac's contributions to our college community in the coming months.

In the meantime, Mike Pace will arrive in his new role July 1. Mac will retire from Roanoke at the end of the first semester.

Released: May 15, 2013
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