An attorney who served as an aide to former U.S. Education Secretary T.H. Bell has been hired by the Utah attorney general's office to help represent the University of Utah.

Thomas C. Anderson, who left the attorney general's office in 1981 to join the staff of the U.S. Department of Education, will work closely with longtime U. counsel, Assistant Attorney General William T. Evans."Mr. Anderson's appointment fulfills, at least in part, my promise to President Chase Peterson and the University of Utah Institutional Council to provide the much-needed legal assistance," Attorney General Paul Van Dam said.

Anderson is a graduate of UCLA and the U. law school. During his years with the attorney general's office, he served as general counsel to the state Board of Regents and to the Board of Education.

He was also chief of the office's education division and a part-time faculty member in education law at the J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University.

While in Washington D.C., Anderson's duties included administration of the deregulation of the Department of Education. He served on the Deregulation Task Force chaired by then-Vice President Bush.

After Bell, who is also from Utah, resigned in 1984, Anderson worked in education and business in both Washington and Salt Lake City.