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UNC Board of Governors hires top attorney

The UNC Board of Governors unanimously approved the hiring of the university system's top lawyer on Friday.

Tom Shanahan, who has served since May as interim vice president and general counsel for the 17-campus system, was named to the position permanently. His annual salary will be $250,000.

Shanahan succeeds Laura B. Fjeld, who resigned from the job in April. He will serve as the legal adviser to the president, the Board of Governors and senior staff for the system.

UNC President Tom Ross said Shanahan had been a valuable adviser since his arrival at UNC in 2010. "In every instance, he's done an absolutely outstanding job," Ross said.

Shanahan is a graduate of Cornell University and the University of Georgia's law school. Before coming to UNC, he was in private practice and was deputy regional solicitor in the Southeast for the U.S. Department of Labor.