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lawyer , University administrator

Mary Lou Fenili, American university administrator, lawyer. Bar: California 1977, Washington 1983, Colorado 1988. Named to Outstanding Young Women American award, United States Junior Chamber of Commerce, 1972; recipient Senior Service award, Douglass College, 1967.


Fenili, Mary Lou was born on July 7, 1945 in Vineland, New Jersey, United States. Daughter of V. J. and Louise W. (Pennino) Fenili.


AB, Douglas College, 1967. Master of Arts, Syracuse University, New York City, 1970. Juris Doctor, University Santa Clara, 1977.


Head resident Syracuse University, New York, 1967—1969, University Southern California, Los Angeles, 1969—1970. Assistant dean student services Mills College, Oakland, 1970—1974. Staff counsel Board Prison Terms, Sacramento, 1977—1982.

Vice president and dean student life Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, 1982—1987. Dean student academic services University Colorado, Denver, 1987—1989, ombuds officer, since 1989, acting director affirmative action, 1990—1991, assistant vice chair academy affairs, since 1991. Member Human Research Review Board, Olympia, Washington, 1983—1985.

Accreditation evaluator Northwest Association Schools and Colleges, Seattle, 1985—1992. Consultant on sexual harassment and bylaws, since 1990.


  • Bar: California 1977, Washington 1983, Colorado 1988.


  • Other Work

    • Contributor articles to professional journals.


Board director Southern Sound Woman's Network, Tacoma, 1984—1987. Pacific Peaks council Girl Scouts United States, 1986—1987, chairman annual giving, 1987, pluralism task force, 1986—1987. Board director Metro Denver Young Men’s Christian Association, since 1990, chairman personnel committee, 1990—1991, governance committee, 1991—1992, president, since 1992.

Member of American Association of University Women, Colorado Women's Bar Association, Denver Bar Association, Colorado Bar Association, University and College Ombuds Association, National Association Women in Education.


  • Other Interests

    Reading, opera, hiking, poetry, cats.


V. J. Fenili

Louise W. (Pennino) Fenili