VP of legal affairs/general counsel and secretary to the Board of Trustees

Position: vice president of legal affairs/general counsel and secretary to the Board of Trustees

Salary: $187,905

Responsibilities: He handles all legal matters.

Years in position/years at OU:

not available

Direct reports: direct reports

Relevant experience:

According to this profile, he had been Assistant General Counsel in the past.



bachelors: Kalamazoo College

law degree: Wayne State

Admitted in Michigan in 1983

Controversies: I was unable to find the actual article because our archives don’t go back that far, but apparently he once threatened to sue The Post for defamation.

Victor ZambardiOU's general counsel and the secretary to the Board of Trustees, sent a letter last week to The Oakland Post's non-profit corporate owner, The Oakland Sail, Inc., threatening the defamation lawsuit.

Zambardi's letter, along with the Sail Board's response, is printed in its entirety on page A6.

The Post has published in recent weeks five stories about a closed meeting the OU Board held Jan. 15.

Zambardi's letter states that the BOT is not subject to the Open Meetings Act.

The letter goes on to say that if the Post "publishes another article stating or implying that the Board has violated the Michigan Open Meetings Act, or files another false complaint, I will recommend the immediate commencement of legal proceedings against the Oakland Sail as a corporate entity, and against those individuals responsible, personally."


Bruce Mann, president of The Oakland Sail, Inc., said, "I was shocked by the bullying tone of Mr. Zambardi's letter.


Zambardi's letter is outrageous in its threat of a defamation action against a newspaper and its publisher.It is constitutionally questionable where a public body is capable of being defamed or can file a lawsuit.Under the First Amendment, I don't think that's possible."


Zambardi wrote the petition implies the Board was violating the OMA.

The petition, which has been signed by more than 1,100 students, faculty and staff, asks the BOT to reaffirm its commitment to openness.

The petition states, "We, the undersigned members of the Oakland University community, petition the board to hold both its formal and informal sessions in public, open to the university community, except where closure would be permitted under the Michigan Open Meetings Act."

The OU Senate and Student Congress passed resolutions urging the BOT to reaffirm its commitment to openness under the Open Meetings Act."

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