In an e-mail to the Rensselaer Community, President Shirley Ann Jackson announced the retirement of General Counsel and Secretary of the Institute Charles Carletta, effective December 31. In his role, Carletta is the chief legal advisor for the President as well as the compliance officer for the Institute as a whole. He is also Secretary of the Board of Trustees and a member of President Jackson’s Cabinet. Carletta has worked in his current role at RPI since 2000.
During his time at Rensselaer, Carletta has worked to ensure that the Institute stays in compliance with United States regulations such as the export of technology and has represented the Institute on various legal issues. He has represented Rensselaer on the City of Troy Comprehensive Plan Advisory Group, the Center for Economic Growth, and the United Way of the Greater Capital Region. Before becoming Rensselaer’s first in-house General Counsel, Carletta served as outside legal counsel to the Institute and to other colleges in the region while with the firm of Pattison, Sampson, Ginsberg, and Griffin from 1975 to 2000. Carletta also developed policies for colleges relating to Title IX and FERPA prior to coming to Rensselaer.
Carletta is an honorary member of RPI Phalanx Honor Society and one of Phalanx’s advisors. He is on the Board of the Rensselaer Newman Foundation and an Adjunct Trustee at La Salle Institute, a local private high school. Carletta has also served on various advisory boards related to higher education and legal issues and has received honors for his contributions in these areas.
His retirement reception will be on Friday, November 20 at the Heffner Alumni Great Room from 4 pm to 5:30 pm and all students, faculty, and staff are invited.