Imogene Cathey serves as deputy general counsel. In this capacity, she provides advice and counsel to the general counsel on a wide range of legal matters that affect the university’s rights and responsibilities. She primarily handles matters related to employment laws, compliance, ethics and institutional policy. Additionally, she studies major areas of concern to the university, oversees external counsel representing the university, and develops presentations and training for employees. With more than 10 years of experience as a higher education legal professional, Imogene Cathey is a frequent presenter and speaker at a variety of meetings and conferences on higher education legal topics such as Title IX and FERPA.
Imogene Cathey prepared for her legal career by earning her bachelor’s degree (summa cum laude) in political science from Florida A&M University followed by her JD (with honors) from the University of Florida Levin College of Law. While in law school, she was among other things a member of the Black Law Students Association and a footnote editor for the Journal of Law and Public Policy. Upon graduating, she spent 5 years in a private general litigation practice in Tampa representing both regional and national organizations in various complex civil litigation matters including noncompetition, products liability, and employment discrimination. She later transitioned to a higher education law practice in 2004 when she accepted the position of assistant general counsel at the University of Florida.