Jamie Lewis Keith Named Vice President and General Counsel

Published: August 10th, 2006

Category: Memos

J. Bernard Machen, President

I am pleased to announced that Jamie Lewis Keith, senior counsel at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, has been appointed as vice president and general counsel at the University of Florida. Jamie will assume her duties here in October.

Jamie joined MIT in 1999. There, she served as the university’s primary in-house counsel, as well as managing director for environmental programs and risk management. She created the university’s first in-house primary counsel’s office serving MIT’s senior officers, Academy and Administration, and offering a broad range of services in all areas other than intellectual property and investments. Prior to that, MIT had intellectual property lawyers and otherwise relied primarily on outside counsel.

Prior to joining MIT, Jamie worked from 1993 to 1999 in Gov. William F. Weld’s administration as general counsel for the Massachusetts Division of Capital Asset Management in Boston. From 1985 to 1993, she was an associate and then a junior partner for the Boston law firm Hale and Dorr (now Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr).

Jamie served as a law clerk for U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Bailey Aldrich from 1984 to 1985. She graduated magna cum laude with her law degree from the Boston University School of Law in 1984. She earned a bachelor’s degree, with distinction, in art history from Cornell University in 1979, concentrating in Asian art and studies and Chinese language.

Jamie has served since 2004 as a board member for the Council on Governmental Relations, which represents research universities in Washington on a broad range of policy, compliance and cost issues.

Her background, experience and legal knowledge are extraordinary. Please join me in welcoming Jamie to the University of Florida community.

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