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Brief Biography

anita mcgaha

Anita McGaha 
Executive Assistant

Anita McGaha is the Executive Assistant to the University Counsel at Tennessee State University (TSU). As Executive Assistant, she is responsible for providing legal and administrative support under the direction of the University Counsel, Laurence Pendleton. Her responsibilities include litigation support, including coordinating responses to litigation discovery requests, budget management, coordinating responses to TBR system reporting requirements, responding to Open Records Act requests, coordinating responses to administrative agency requests, accounts payable/accounts receivable, and managing the University Counsel's website.

Prior to her employment at TSU, Ms. McGaha served in several legal related capacities, including Executive Staff Assistant to Lisa S. Ponton, Esq., Brigham and Women's/Faulkner Hospitals, Boston, Massachusetts, Legal Assistant/Paralegal at Chapman and Associates, Legal Assistant, Kinnaird and Kinnaird Law firm (Chicago, Illinois); and Legal Assistant at Chicago Title and Trust Company. Ms. McGaha's legal related work prior to coming to TSU centered on real estate, estate and trust law, employment law and criminal law. She has also held positions as the Assistant Office Manager at A.W. Zengler (Chicago, IL) and the Director of Admissions at Lakeland Manor Nursing Center (Chicago, IL). Ms. McGaha has over twenty-eight years of administrative and executive experience, twelve of the years include higher education experience; five years at Tennessee State University, five years at Vanderbilt University and two years at the University of Illinois, Chicago.

A native of Chicago, Illinois, Ms. McGaha attended Northeastern University, Chicago, Illinois, Major - Business Administration and Middle Tennessee State University, Major - Business Administration. 

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