Special Counsel to the President
Office of the President
The University of Michigan
2080 Fleming Administration Building
503 Thompson Street
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-1340
As Special Counsel, Liz serves as advisor and strategic partner to the President. She handles a variety of ongoing initiatives as well as getting involved in high priority projects and issues as they arise. She attends and is responsible for organizing the weekly Executive Officer meetings. She assists the President on personnel matters involving the Executive Officers and is also responsible for the all-funds budget and finances of the President’s office. Liz staffs a number of Presidential initiatives, such as the President’s Advisory Committee of Public Art as well as carries out certain institutional responsibilities of the President’s Office (such as Institutional Conflict of Interest and appeals of Freedom of Information Act decisions).
Prior to joining the President’s Office in August 2013, Liz served for 12 years as the Managing Director of the Life Sciences Institute working closely with the Director and faculty on operational and strategic matters. She teaches an interdisciplinary graduate course based in the Ross School entitled “The Business of Biology.” Liz’s professional training is as an attorney. She served as the University’s Interim Co-General Counsel and then Associate Vice President and Deputy General Counsel from 1997-2002 taking the lead in-house role on the University’s defense of its affirmative action policies. Prior to coming to Michigan, she served as University Attorney at Harvard and was in private practice at Ropes & Gray in Boston.