Vice President and General Counsel
5801 S. Ellis Avenue, 619
Chicago, IL 60637
As Vice President and General Counsel, Beth A. Harris is chief legal counsel at the University of Chicago, responsible for providing legal representation and counsel to all units of the University. In addition to advising the President and the Board of Trustees, she works closely with deans and senior administrators and participates in the President's senior leadership group.
She is also General Counsel and Secretary of UChicago Argonne, LLC, the entity created by the University to manage the Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory, and serves on the Boards of the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools and the University of Chicago Charter Schools.
Harris oversees an office of seven attorneys with expertise in such areas as litigation, employment, intellectual property, the law of higher education, taxation of exempt organizations, tax exempt financing, student affairs, and real estate. She has practiced in the areas of higher education and health care for over 25 years, and in the Office of Legal Counsel at the University of Chicago for the past 16 years. Prior to her role at the University, she was Associate General Counsel at the University of Chicago Medical Center. Before joining the Medical Center, she had a corporate and securities practice at a law firm in Chicago.
She has a B.A. in Human Development from the University of Chicago, an M.A. in Psychology from the University of Houston, and a J.D. from Northwestern University.
She serves on the board of the National Association of College and University Attorneys, and is a member of The Economic Club of Chicago and The Chicago Network, an organization of metropolitan Chicago's most distinguished professional women.
Active in the Hyde Park community, Harris is a director and past president of the Hyde Park School of Dance. She is married and has three children.