Arthur M. Sussman served as Vice President and Secretary of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation from 2001 to 2010. In this senior management position, Sussman facilitated the work of the Foundation's Board of Directors, represented the Foundation in a range of settings and partnerships, and directed the Foundation's arts and culture grant-making.
In the winter of 2010, Sussman was Visiting Professor in the Department of Public and International Law at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria.
From 1979 to 2001, Sussman was the chief legal officer for the University of Chicago. In that position he managed the University's government relations program and advised the University President on issues of governance, organization, research and technology transfer. Sussman also was responsible for programs at the University of Chicago designed to improve the quality of student life as well as operations of the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools. He was responsible for the development and administration of University policies regarding labor, personnel, and benefits, and for oversight of the Argonne National Laboratory, a federal energy research facility with 4000 employees.
Earlier in his career (1977-79), Sussman was University Legal Counsel for Southern Illinois University and for seven years (1970-77) was an associate and litigation partner at the Chicago law firm of Jenner & Block.
Arthur Sussman is a member of several non-profit board of directors, including Chapin Hall Center for Children, Columbia College Chicago and the Illinois Humanities Council. He has written a number of articles and is a frequent speaker on topics relating to higher education. He earned his undergraduate degree from Cornell University and is a graduate of Harvard Law School.