Robin Harris became The Council of Ivy League Presidents' second
full-time Executive Director on July 1, 2009, replacing Jeffrey H.
Orleans, who retired from the position after 25 years.
Harris came to the Ivy League office after seven years at Ice Miller, LLP, based in Indianapolis. At Ice Miller, she served as senior counsel and co-chair for Ice Miller's Collegiate Sports Practice and worked with the firm’s college and university clients on variety of matters related to athletics.
Prior to Ice Miller, Harris worked nine years in increasingly responsible roles in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), ending her tenure at the NCAA national office as associate chief of staff for Division I. In that role, she provided advice and guidance to the NCAA president, Executive Committee, Division I Board of Directors, Division I Management Council and other committees in nearly all athletic governance areas, including academic standards, amateurism, championship policies, diversity, gender equity and Title IX, legislative proposals, membership requirements, strategic planning, student-athlete welfare and studies regarding basketball and football concerns. From 1993-1998, she was the NCAA’s director for the Committee on Infractions.
For the 2012-13 academic year, Harris was the president of
National Association of Collegiate Women Athletic Administrators
(NACWAA), where she previously served as legal advisor to the
organization's Board of Directors, and for the 2013-14 academic
year she remains a member of the NACWAA Board and Executive
Committee as past-president. Harris is on the Board of Governors of
the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame, serving as one of two NCAA
representatives. She recently completed a four-year term as a
member of the NCAA Division I Leadership Council, an advisory body to the Division I Board of
Harris is or has been a member of numerous other professional associations, including the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA), National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA) and National Association for Athletics Compliance (NAAC).
She is the author of several articles on issues related to intercollegiate athletics and has made presentations at numerous NCAA, NACUA and Division I conferences and seminars.
Harris is a graduate of the Duke University School of Law, where she served as editor of the Duke Law Journal. She also received a Bachelor of Arts degree, magna cum laude, from Duke.
She is married to Max Harris, a native of Manhattan, Kan. The
couple has two children, twin daughters Alexandra and Vanessa.