Elizabeth Garvey

Vice Chancellor for Legal Affairs and General Counsel

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Elizabeth Garvey, J.D., was appointed Vice Chancellor for Legal Affairs and General Counsel in January 2018. In this role, she serves on the Chancellor's Cabinet as the legal adviser to the State University of New York (SUNY) System Administration and provides legal advice and opinions for the Board of Trustees, Chancellor, and leadership.

Ms. Garvey brings more than 13 years of public service experience to SUNY System Administration. Most recently, she served as Lead Counsel for the New York State Senate Majority, managing the team of legal and support staff responsible for the legal and policy review of all legislation before the Senate.

Prior to that, she served as First Assistant Counsel to the majority for the New York State Senate, and also held the roles of Assistant Counsel to the majority for the New York State Senate, and was a Richard A. Weibe Fellow for the New York State Senate Graduate Fellowship Program.

In addition to her experience with the New York State Senate, Garvey worked as an Associate for Wilson, Elser, Moskowitz, Edelman, and Dicker, LLP.

Garvey earned a B.A. in Communication, cum laude, from Mary Baldwin College and a J.D., cum laude, from Albany Law School of Union University.

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