Mary Jo Howard Dively

Vice President & General Counsel at Carnegie Mellon University

Mary Jo Howard Dively

Mary Jo Howard Dively

Vice President & General Counsel at Carnegie Mellon University


Mary Jo Dively
Vice President and General Counsel

Mary Jo Dively was named vice president and the first General Counsel of Carnegie Mellon University in 2002. She established CMU’s legal team and has managed the legal affairs of the university ever since. Dively has advised on the creation of the university’s first campus abroad in Doha, Qatar; the university’s preparation of an amicus brief joined by 36 other universities in the landmark Grutter and Gratz cases before the Supreme Court; development of the legal structures which house the university’s vaunted cybersecurity assets; and a historic patent infringement suit brought by the university to protect the rights of its faculty and the groundbreaking discoveries that resulted from their research.

Prior to joining Carnegie Mellon, she was in the private practice of law for 19 years, initially as an associate, and then partner, of Klett Rooney Lieber and Schorling, and then as partner in the international law firm, Reed Smith, as head of its Technology, Media and Communications Group.

Dively received her B.A. and B.S. from the University of Kansas and her J.D. from the Vanderbilt University School of Law.

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Carnegie Mellon University

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1959 - Kansas



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Chairman & Chief Executive Officer at J.J. Gumberg Co.

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Assistant Secretary at Carnegie Mellon University

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Vice President for Student Affairs & Dean of Students at Carnegie Mellon University

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Secretary of the Corporation & Advisor to the President at Carnegie Mellon University

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Vice President, Finance & Chief Financial Officer at Carnegie Mellon University

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Chief Investment Officer at Carnegie Mellon University

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President at Carnegie Mellon University

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Treasurer at Carnegie Mellon University

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Founder at John G. Rangos Sr. Charitable Foundation

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Vice President, Research at Carnegie Mellon University

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Vice President & General Counsel at Carnegie Mellon University
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The University of Kansas (KU) is a public research university and the largest university in the State of Kansas. KU campuses are located in Lawrence, Wichita, Overland Park, Salina, and Kansas City, Kansas, with the main campus located in Lawrence on Mount Oread, the highest location in Lawrence. The University was opened in 1866, under a charter granted by the Kansas Legislature in 1864.


Vanderbilt University campus in Nashville, Tennessee, the law school combines the advantages of a stimulating university community, a top-tier faculty, a small, carefully selected student body, and a vibrant, livable city. Known for offering a rigorous academic program in a collegial, supportive atmosphere, Vanderbilt Law School attracts law students and faculty seeking a first-rate academic institution that also affords an excellent quality of life. In 2002, the law school completed an extensive renovation and expansion project, and Vanderbilt now offers its students a state-of-the-art facility with wireless internet access throughout, situated on a park-like campus that is a national arboretum.

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The National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws provides legal services. It facilitates economic development and provides a legal platform for foreign entities to deal with U.S. citizens and businesses. The company was founded in 1892 an is headquartered in Chicago, IL.


The American Law Institute is the leading independent organization in the United States producing scholarly work to clarify, modernize, and improve the law. ALI drafts, discusses, revises, and publishes Restatements of the Law, Model Codes, and Principles of Law that are enormously influential in the courts and legislatures, as well as in legal scholarship and education.

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Vice President & General Counsel
2002 - Current

Carnegie Mellon University challenges the curious and passionate to imagine and deliver work that matters. A private, global research university, Carnegie Mellon stands among the world's most renowned educational institutions, and sets its own course.With cutting-edge brain science, path-breaking performances, innovative start-ups, driverless cars, big data, big ambitions, Nobel and Turing prizes, hands-on learning, and a whole lot of robots, CMU doesn't imagine the future, they create it.


Reed Smith Ltd. is engaged in the provision of legal services in commercial litigation, disputes, cross-border transactions, and regulatory matters. The firm's practice areas include bankruptcy and commercial restructuring, corporate and securities, regulatory enforcement, contract investigation, insurance, public policy, investment management, tax exemption, and wealth planning. It offers services to the energy and natural resources, financial, health, medical, and entertainment industries. The company is headquartered in London, the United Kingdom.


Klett Rooney Lieber & Schorling PC is a law firm, which used to provides legal services in areas of securities, mergers and acquisitions. It was located in Pittsburgh, PA

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St John's Hospital of The Hospital Sisters of The Third Order provides health care services. It offers athleticare, birth center, hospice, neuroscience, pain management center surgery, behavioral health, gastroenterology, home health, orthopedics, and stroke treatment. The company was founded in 1875 and is headquartered in Springfield, IL.

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Senator from Pennsylvania


Former Director, Center for Faith-Based & Community Initiatives at United States Department of Homeland Security


Representative from Pennsylvania's 18th Congressional District

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Apollo Education Group, Inc. purchases Carnegie Learning, Inc. from Carnegie Mellon University, Draper Triangle Ventures, Collier Investments Ltd.

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