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Jefferson City Attorney Assumes Associate General Counsel/ADA Post at UCM

By Jeff Murphy, September 7, 2018

WARRENSBURG, MO – Filling a crucial role at the University of Central Missouri, Danelle Kaye Cord, Jefferson City, has been named Associate General Counsel/Director of Accessibility Services. She begins her new role Sept. 10.

Cord has served as Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Programs Attorney for The Missouri Bar since March 2015. In her new position at UCM, she handles attorney responsibilities that are primarily focused on policy work, training, and committee involvement, such as advising the university’s Care Team. She also serves as the university’s ADA Coordinator. Her primary responsibilities include the administration of the activities in the Office of Accessibility Services (OAS), providing equal access to university opportunities for students, visitors, and other individuals with disabilities, including physical access to the campus, appropriate academic accommodations, accessible technology including website, and other accommodations. Her job includes serving as the deaf services coordinator.

Cord assumes OAS responsibilities that were handled by Barbara Mayfield, who retired in May as director emerita of accessibility services after serving the university for 23 years. Restructuring on campus has moved this position from within the Division of Student Experience and Engagement to the Office of General Counsel, which is overseen by Lindsay Chapman,

“I’m confident Danelle is well-suited to continue Barbara’s incredible work in establishing UCM as the exemplar of a welcoming and inclusive campus,” Chapman said.

She added that she is “thankful to Cathy Seeley and the OAS and Student Experience and Engagement staff for their dedication and hard work during the transition and always.”

In her role a CLE Programs attorney, Cord has developed legal education programs throughoutthe state. While practicing law, she has gained higher education experience as an adjunct instructor in Legal Research at William Woods University in Fulton, and as an adjunct instructor in Family Law, Legal Research, Legal Writing, Psychology and English at Brown Mackie College in St. Louis.

Her professional experience also includes service between June 2011 to March 2015 in Jefferson City as legal counsel for the 19th Circuit Juvenile Court; partner and attorney for Musick & Cord, LLP; attorney for Samaritan Center; and child support hearing officer/quality assurance for YoungWilliams Child Support Services.

Her educational background includes a Juris Doctorate from Indiana University School of Law-Indianapolis, and Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Hanover College in Indiana.

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