New Director of Romney Institute Named

Midland attorney, Lynn Schefsky, to head the George Romney Institute of Law and Public Policy.

ADRIAN, Mich. – Lynn Schefsky, an Adrian College alumnus and honors graduate of the University of Michigan Law School, has been named director of Adrian College’s George Romney Institute for Law and Public Policy.

Schefsky has served as Adrian’s college counsel since 2011, and previously served as the College’s director of planned giving.  His ascension to the directorship will allow The Romney Institute to dynamically pursue its mission, according to Vice President and Dean of Academic Affairs, Dr. Agnes Caldwell.

“Lynn’s combination of real-world legal experience and his background in academia embodies the Institute’s goal to bring legal professionals and academics together to address law and public policy issues,” Caldwell said.  “He will serve our students, and the Institute, extremely well.” 

Caldwell noted that one of Schefsky’s primary goals would be to help students gain admission to the best law schools and graduate programs in the country.

After nine years in private legal practice, Schefsky embarked on a 19-year career at Dow Chemical Company that culminated in his role as senior managing counsel. He also served for six years at Chemtura, a specialty chemical company, where he was vice president and general counsel. Schefsky said he’s looking forward to the challenge of leading the Institute.  

 “As citizens, we should all have some level of interest in our nation’s legal and public policy issues,” Schefsky said.  “I’d like to help the Romney Institute become even more actively engaged in productive exploration of the positions, problems and solutions that affect us all.” 


The George Romney Institute for Law and Public Policy was established in 2010 to “work to weave legal and public policy considerations into the academic fabric of Adrian College.”  The Institute is named for George Romney, former governor of Michigan and secretary of housing and urban development for the Nixon administration.  Romney made Adrian College a campaign stop in 1968, and visited the College again as the commencement speaker for the Class of 1974, urging students to work for “a better, more responsible government.”


About Adrian College


Adrian College, Adrian, Mich., is a private, four-year liberal arts college associated with the United Methodist Church. The College offers 40 undergraduate majors and pre-professional programs, 22 varsity sports and seven institutes, as well as advanced degrees and masters-level coursework in athletic training, professional chemistry, accounting and criminal justice. In 2012, Adrian College was recognized by U.S. News & World Report as a Regional Top Baccalaureate College, Midwest, and as a “Least Debt Load” college for the second consecutive year.  Adrian College is located in Southeast Michigan, about 45 minutes from Ann Arbor and Toledo, Ohio.