New Director of George Romney Institute for Law & Public Policy Named

Attorney Christy Cole appointed to the position at Adrian College

ADRIAN, Mich. – Adrian College is pleased to announce the appointment of Christy Cole, Esq., to Director of the George Romney Institute for Law and Public Policy. Cole received her Juris Doctorate from the University of Toledo College of Law in 2001.

Cole acquired her undergraduate degree in English from Adrian College, from which she graduated in three years with honors. She has served her community as an attorney in Lucas County and as an Assistant Prosecutor in the counties of Ottawa and Fulton. Cole has successfully prosecuted many high profile criminal cases and is a zealous advocate for abused children and victims of crime.


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

Currently, Cole works as a contract attorney for the City of Sylvania Prosecutor’s Office and enjoys a private law practice focusing on the areas of criminal law, juvenile law, estate planning and domestic relations. Cole also serves on the Advisory Board for Lucas County CASA.

“It’s a great honor and privilege to be appointed Director of the George Romney Institute for Law and Public Policy,” Cole says of her appointment. “During my undergraduate experience at Adrian I received an excellent education as well as great mentoring from world-class faculty. I’m excited for the opportunity to join the staff and work with students in their pursuit of careers in law and public policy.”

She resides in Sylvania, Ohio with her husband, Sam Hemke and three children, Josie (5), Cole (3) and Cooper (1).


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.”