Former member of the Kansas Board of Regents, trial lawyer and litigator with wide experience in civil law, criminal law, estate matters, dispute resolution and more – Joe Bain will now bring all this experience to his new post as general counsel of Fort Hays State University.

His appointment was announced this week by FHSU President Tisa Mason.

“I say often, and honestly, that FHSU had a transformative effect on me,” said Bain.

“This university has a history of providing access to a quality higher education for many first-generation, lower income and diverse-background students,” he said. “It is an honor and a privilege to serve this university and to be on the team responsible for taking FHSU into the future.”

“As a member of the Kansas Board of Regents, Joe was able to experience at first hand the challenges, expectations and successes of higher education,” said FHSU President Tisa Mason. “His service with the Regents and his wide legal experience, and his status as an FHSU alumnus, make him an ideal choice as the general counsel for Fort Hays State.”

Bain grew up in Ness City and graduated from Ness City High School. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in political science from FHSU in 2002, graduating summa cum laude. His Juris Doctor, 2005, is from the University of Kansas School of Law.

His career includes a judicial clerkship in the Seventh Judicial District of Kansas and working as a summer associate for a Kansas City law firm before his graduation from the KU School of Law.

After graduation, he was an associate at Warden, Triplett, Grier, PA, in Overland Park. From 2009 to 2011 he was a senior attorney for the Black & Veatch Corp., an international engineering and construction firm in Overland Park.

Since 2011, he has been a member, vice-president, attorney and co-manager for Cure & Bain, P.C., in Goodland. He is licensed in Kansas, Missouri and Colorado. He was a member of the Kansas Board of Regents from 2014 to 2018, and since 2017 he has served as Ness City Municipal Court Judge.

He will begin his duties in mid to late August.