Murphy Tyehimba, assistant legal counsel at North Carolina Central University since 2010, has been named the school’s chief legal counsel.
She begins in her new role on Feb. 15.
As chief legal counsel, Tyehimba will serve as the chief legal advisor to Chancellor Debra Saunders-White, the NCCU Board of Trustees, the senior leadership team and administrators. She also will head the Office of Legal Affairs that provides legal advice and counsel on all matters affecting the legal rights or obligations of the university.
Tyehimba, who earned her law degree from UNC Chapel Hill, began her career in private practice in 1999, working as a family law and criminal law attorney. She later worked in North Carolina attorney general’s office, where she first represented the North Carolina Department of Labor and later the North Carolina statewide information technology procurement office.
In 2007, Tyehimba began her career in higher education, first working at East Carolina University and later at North Carolina State University.
As a member of the North Carolina Bar Association, she serves on the Fee Dispute Resolution Committee.
Tyehimba is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc.