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Manuel Rupe


Manuel R. Rupe joined CMU as General Counsel in June 2009.  His past experience includes serving as Associate University Counsel at the University of Colorado (2006-2009), working with the Denver and Anschutz Medical Campuses.  Manuel was the Assistant General Counsel at Ferris State University (2001-2006) in Big Rapids, Michigan and Associate Attorney at Kreis, Enderle, Callander & Hudgins, P.C. in Kalamazoo, Michigan (1998-2001).

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Manuel has a Doctorate of Philosophy in Educational Leadership, with a concentration in higher education leadership, from Western Michigan University (2005), and earned his Juris Doctor from DePaul University College of Law in 1998.  He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Kalamazoo College in 1995 where he was President of student government, played saxophone in the jazz and concert bands, and was a four-year letterman in baseball and varsity team captain.

Manuel is a member of the National Association of College and University Attorneys, the State Bar of Michigan, the Colorado Bar Association, and the Isabella County Bar Association.  He is admitted to practice in the United States District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Michigan as well as the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.  He has also served on various governing boards of charitable organizations.


Mary Roy has been Assistant General Counsel since 2002. She specializes in Intellectual Property (patent, trademark, copyright), Internet, and computer law issues, as well as other legal issues relevant to higher education.

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She is a native Michiganian; she was born and raised in the Detroit area and attended and graduated from Michigan State University. She received her law degree from Wayne State Law School. Prior to her arrival at CMU, Mary worked at The Dow Chemical Company, Amway Corporation, and Old Kent Financial Corporation.

When not working, Mary enjoys spending time with her three young children, participating in various sports, and watching the Detroit Red Wings.

Kathy KellyKathy A. Kelly


Kathy A. Kelly has been with the Office of General Counsel since 1996.

She is a native of Traverse City, and graduated from CMU with a B.A. in Journalism. She became interested in the legal field as a career while working at an East Lansing law firm and earned her A.B. degree from the legal assistant program at Lansing Community College. Prior to returning to CMU, Kathy worked in a unit of the legal department at The Dow Chemical Company and as a legal assistant for a Saginaw law office.

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Her duties as Senior Legal Assistant include responding to subpoenas, record requests and Freedom of Information Act requests, investigating civil rights complaints and drafting responses to the appropriate agencies and performing research and special projects.

Kathy is a member of the University’s Accessibility and Disability Advisory Council.

She enjoys photography, the outdoors and spending time with her dogs. Kathy is also an avid Detroit Red Wings fan.

Linda Wernette


Linda Wernette began working in the Offices of General Counsel in February of 2008. Prior to joining CMU she worked for a Big Rapids law firm and in various real estate positions in Mecosta and Isabella Counties.

As Administrative Assistant / Legal Secretary she is responsible for coordinating office operations, notary functions, University real estate file organization, processing invoices and budget reconciliation.  She also maintains the University Board of Trustees Policy Manual and Administrative Policies and Procedures.

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A lifelong resident of Michigan, Linda lives in the community of Remus with her husband.  Her two children are CMU students in the mechanical and electrical engineering programs.  She enjoys swimming, bowling and down time with her beagle and labrador retriever.