Harris appointed as VP, General CounselPresident Randel recently announced the appointment of Beth Harris as Vice President and General Counsel to the University, effective immediately.
She succeeds Arthur Sussman, who left the University to serve as vice president and secretary of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.
For the past six years, Harris has served as Associate General Counsel, and from 1985 to 1994, as Associate General Counsel for the University Hospitals. Her association with the University goes back further, as she is an alumna of the College, having earned an A.B. in Human Development in 1974. Her intimate knowledge of the University and her commitment to its values will be invaluable assets, Randel wrote in a letter to University deans and officers.
She has contributed to the protection and enhancement of the research mission of the University through membership on standing committees, including the Institutional Review Board for the Biological Sciences, Radioisotopes and Radioactive Drug Research Committee, and the Institutional Biosafety Committee. In addition, she chaired the Harris Committee on Student Medical Plan, a faculty, administrative and student committee that evaluated student health plans.
As the chief legal officer of the University, Harris will assume responsibility for advising the President, University officers and other key personnel on the institutions legal position and for protecting its legal interests, while continuing to provide leadership and direction to the offices attorneys and support staff.
As a new Vice President, Harris also will be directly involved in policy formulation.
I am confident that with her wide-ranging legal expertise and strong administrative experience, coupled with her sound professional judgment, Beth will make a significant contribution to the University in this critical position, Randel concluded.