University Names Two to Leadership Positions


Longtime Law School faculty member Barry Brown has been named provost of Suffolk University, and Janice C. Griffith, former dean of Georgia State University College of Law, has been selected as vice president for Academic Affairs.

The additions to the leadership team were announced by Suffolk University President David J. Sargent and will take effect immediately.

“We are very excited that these two distinguished educators will be contributing their unique talents to the University’s academic environment during this time of programmatic growth both here at our Boston campus and abroad,” said Sargent.

“Barry Brown has been a superb teacher and has created exceptional programming as director of the Law School’s concentration in health and biomedical law,” he said. “And Dean Griffith, in emphasizing contributions to public policy as she led Georgia State University College of Law, has shown an intrinsic understanding of the Suffolk University spirit of service.”  

Brown joined Suffolk University Law School in 1976 and has taught Property, Land Transfer and Finance, Professional Responsibility, and Biomedical Law and Public Policy.

He began his legal career with Goulston and Storrs, Boston, then served as first assistant bar counsel and counsel to the Clients’ Security Board and as prosecutor for the Massachusetts Board of Bar Overseers in a number of important cases, including the reinstatement of Alger Hiss.

He is widely published and wrote one of the first legal works on condominium law in the nation and one of the first articles concerning property interests in genetic engineering, published by the Stanford Journal of Law and Public Policy. He also founded and is the faculty adviser to Journal of Health and Biomedical Law.

Brown holds an A.B from Harvard College, an Ed.M. from Harvard School of Education and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.

“Suffolk University has been my academic home for many years, and I am proud to have the opportunity to work more closely with President Sargent and my colleagues in the College of Arts and Sciences, Sawyer Business School and Law School. Together we will join the many currents of the University’s three academic units for the benefit of our students,” said Brown. “We have the hope of creating true educational and economic opportunities for our graduates and preparing them for an increasingly complex and internationalized world.”

Griffith’s legal expertise is focused on state and local government law, regionalism and metropolitan growth issues. She became interested in higher education administration during a year as an American Council on Education fellow at Ohio State University. 

As dean at Georgia State University College of Law, she oversaw the development of partnerships with other institutions and the creation of two interdisciplinary centers, one for the Comparative Study of Metropolitan Growth and the other for Health Law community partnerships. She also established three new joint degree programs focused on connecting legal studies with Philosophy, Health Administration, and City and Regional Planning.

Griffith holds a B.A. from Colby College and a J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School.

“Suffolk’s mission of creating opportunities for students and access to excellence resonates with me,” said Griffith.  “I firmly believe in the university’s focus on quality teaching and strong faculty/student interactions. Nothing is more important than teaching students the communication, analytical and interpersonal skills they will need to become effective leaders in our 21st century global society.”

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