Vice Chancellor and General Counsel

Daniel H. Sharphorn


Dan Sharphorn was appointed Vice Chancellor and General Counsel ad interim in May, 2013 and accepted the permanent appointment in June, 2014. In this role he manages all of UT System legal affairs and the 36 attorneys within the Office of General Counsel who staff the legal function. He also manages the Real Estate functions and serves on the Chancellor's executive management team. Additionally, he works directly with all 15 UT institutions to serve each and their varied legal and business needs. Dan is responsible for UT's relationships with the Office of the Attorney General and other state and federal agencies on legal issues and oversees all outside counsel for UT System and UT institutions.


Prior to this appointment, Dan served as the Associate Vice Chancellor and Deputy General Counsel since joining the UT System in 2007. Before that he served in the Vice President and General Counsel's Office of the University of Michigan for 25 years, most recently as Associate Vice President and Deputy General Counsel. In that capacity, Dan had primary responsibility for legal advice and litigation management at every level of the University in all matters related to faculty and student affairs, research, and governance, and in the management of the General Counsel’s Office. Dan also taught law and social organization and law and social psychology at the University of Michigan. He began his career in higher education as an instructor and Judge Advocate General at the United States Military Academy at West Point. Before that he served in the United States Army in Viet Nam and at the Pentagon. Dan has earned JD, MSW, and MA degrees from the University of Michigan and a BS from the US Military Academy at West Point.


  • © The University of Texas System
  • Office of General Counsel
  • 201 West 7th Street
  • Austin, TX 78701
  • Phone: (512) 499-4462