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October 16, 2007  

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WASHINGTON - Steven Knapp, president of The George Washington University, has announced the appointment of Beth Nolan as vice president and general counsel effective Dec. 3, 2007. Nolan, a former GW law professor, served as counsel to the President of the United States from 1999 to 2001 and was the first woman to hold that position. Nolan currently is a partner at Crowell & Moring LLP, in the firm's white collar and securities litigation group.

"It is a pleasure to welcome Beth back to GW as a member of my leadership team," said Knapp. "Beth brings to the university an impressive record in government, private practice, and higher education. Having served as counsel to President Clinton and as a member of our GW Law School faculty, she knows the inner workings of both the university and Washington. I look forward to drawing on her wisdom and experience as we enter this exciting new era for The George Washington University. I also would like to thank Bill Howard, who has served as interim vice president and general counsel since February. His institutional knowledge has been invaluable, and he will continue to play an important role in the Office of General Counsel."

W. Russell Ramsey, B.B.A. '81, chairman of the GW Board of Trustees, added, "As the board joins with President Knapp in meeting the challenges facing not only GW, but all of higher education, it is gratifying to have a person of Beth Nolan's experience and reputation in this pivotal role. She adds to the university's strengths and will be instrumental in helping GW achieve its goals and realize its vision."

 Nolan said, "The dynamic growth GW has been undergoing, and will surely continue to undergo, makes the university an exciting prospect for a lawyer who loves to grapple with complex legal problems. While GW has changed a great deal since I last taught there more than 10 years ago, my appreciation for the essentials - including the importance of academic freedom, the role of the faculty, and the significance of university governance - should be valuable as I undertake my new role.  I am honored and pleased by this opportunity to work with President Knapp and his team, and to be part of the GW community once again."

At Crowell & Moring, Nolan's broad-based federal and international practice focuses on strategic counseling, congressional investigations, internal investigations and compliance, government and legal ethics, federal election law, constitutional and public policy issues, international claims, and other matters. Her experience includes managing the combined legal, political, and public relations challenges on behalf of local and global clients.

While in the White House, Nolan was responsible for overseeing all legal matters for President Clinton and the White House staff. She served as deputy assistant attorney general from 1996 to 1999 in the Office of Legal Counsel, U.S. Department of Justice, and was in the White House as associate counsel to the President from 1993 to 1995. She was an associate professor of law at GW's Law School from 1985 to 1993 and 1995 to 1996, achieving tenure in 1992, where she taught courses in constitutional law, professional responsibility and ethics, government ethics, and government lawyering. In addition, Nolan was a fellow in the Institute of Politics at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government in 2001, and received a presidential appointment in 1993 as a member of the National Commission on Judicial Discipline and Removal. She clerked for the Honorable Collins J. Seitz of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

Nolan is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, the Board of Directors of the Arthritis Foundation of the National Capital Area, and the Board of Advisors of the Harvard Law & Policy Review. Nolan has been recognized by her peers as being among The Best Lawyers In America 2008 in the areas of administrative law and commercial litigation. She is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia.

Nolan obtained her undergraduate degree from Scripps College and her law degree magna cum laude from Georgetown University in 1980, where she was editor in chief of the Georgetown Law Journal. She received distinguished alumna awards from both institutions.

The George Washington University created the general counsel position in 1995. At that time the efforts of several attorneys who were working separately in the GW Medical Center and for the university were consolidated into the Office of General Counsel. Since its inception the office has grown to a total staff of 21 who assist GW with legal issues ranging from real estate to international affairs.

Located four blocks from the White House, The George Washington University was created by an Act of Congress in 1821. Today, GW is the largest institution of higher education in the nation?s capital. The university offers comprehensive programs of undergraduate and graduate liberal arts study as well as degree programs in medicine, public health, law, engineering, education, business, and international affairs. Each year, GW enrolls a diverse population of undergraduate, graduate, and professional students from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and more than 130 countries.

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