Liz Barry

Liz M. Barry

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
(734) 764-4502

As Special Counsel, Liz serves as advisor and strategic partner to the President. She is a member of the university’s executive team and leads a variety of ongoing presidential initiatives as well as high priority projects and issues as they arise. During her tenure in the President’s office, Liz’s key involvements have included the President’s Commission on Carbon Neutrality, the Arts Initiative, the Biosciences Initiative, the University’s Strategic Plan for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, and the University’s 2017 Bicentennial. Liz also leads a team in the President’s office that is responsible for ongoing functions such as executive searches, executive team support and development, honors and awards, and support of presidential initiatives and standing committees.

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 also created and co-taught an interdisciplinary graduate course based in the Ross School entitled “The Business of Biology.” Liz 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.