Vice president and general counsel Philip Harris no longer at Northwestern


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Philip Harris speaks at a 2016 event. Harris, Northwestern’s vice president and general counsel, is no longer employed by the University.

Amy Li, Assistant Campus Editor

Northwestern’s vice president and general counsel is no longer employed by the University.

Philip L. Harris, who joined the University in January 2016, was removed from the staff list on the General Counsel’s website, and his automatic email response has been updated to indicate he left Northwestern. Stephanie M. Graham currently serves as the interim general counsel in his place, according to the staff website, though the University has not announced plans for a formal replacement.

Jon Yates, director of media relations at NU, declined to comment on “personnel matters.”

The Office of General Counsel provides legal advice and representation for NU and all of its schools and departments as one legal entity. The counsel advises the Trustees, Officers, Faculty and Staff who raise questions about the interests of the university.

Harris was a member of the Board of Trustees for 25 years before he was appointed general counsel. During his time at NU, he was counsel to the president and Board, and managed legal problems related employment, workers’ compensation claims and the football program.

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