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.
During her tenure, Harris has guided the Ivy League to enhanced exposure through conference-wide television agreements with networks such as NBC Sports, CBS Sports Network, FOX Sports and American Sports Network and the highly successful creation of The Ivy League Digital Network (ILDN), as well as through a ground-breaking agreement with JMI Sports to increase exposure of the League's prestigious brand and expand its reach globally.
Harris has been very active in positioning the Ivy League at forefront nationally in the area of concussion research, education and provention with the League's extensive review and implementation of concussion-curbing measures across a number of sports, in addition to the League's partnership with the Big Ten Conference to create a co-sponsored, cross-institutional research collaboration to study the effects of head injuries in sports.
She is currently serving a four-year term on the NCAA Competition Oversight Committee and is on the Board of Governors of the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame, serving as one of two NCAA representatives. Previously, she served a three-year term as an executive committee member of the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletic Administrators (NACWAA), holding the role as the organization's president during the 2012-13 academic year, and served as legal advisor to NACWAA Board of Directors. 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 Directors.
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.
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.