ASU System General Counsel’s Office Announces New Hires, Promotion

LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas State University System General Counsel Brad Phelps today announced personnel changes in the Office of General Counsel.

Katie Prescott, who served as senior associate counsel for the ASU System, left the office in April to become general counsel for St. Bernards Healthcare Associated Regional Providers (SHARP), a private health care company located in Jonesboro.  

Elaine Kneebone, former general counsel and acting president at Henderson State University, becomes senior associate general counsel for the ASU System. Mark Ohrenberger, who joined the ASU System in 2020 as associate general counsel, has been promoted to senior associate general counsel. David Withrow, most recently managing attorney at the Arkansas Department of Human Services, joins the system as associate general counsel.

Kneebone, who will continue to be based in Arkadelphia, joined Henderson as general counsel in 2010. She was previously an attorney at McMillan McCorkle Curry & Bennington in Arkadelphia. She is a graduate of Henderson and the University of Arkansas School of Law.

Ohrenberger previously was legal counsel for the Arkansas State Board of Public Accountancy, assistant attorney general in the Arkansas Attorney General’s Office, and an associate at Wright Lindsey Jennings in Little Rock. He is a graduate of Harding University and William & Mary School of Law.

In addition to his work at DHS, Withrow’s experience includes serving as lead attorney for the Office of State Procurement in Arkansas, deputy prosecuting attorney in Sebastian County and partner in the Law Offices of Withrow & Wulff. He is a graduate of Sterling College and University of Arkansas School of Law.

The Office of General Counsel handles legal issues for the ASU System and its member campuses.



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