Michael F. Barry

President and Dean

  • Yale Law School, J.D.
  • University of San Francisco, M.A. in Theology
  • University of Virginia, B.A. in English and Religious Studies

Areas of Expertise

  • Complex Litigation
  • Intellectual Property
  • Legal Education



Office: 235

Michael F. Barry is the 11th president and dean of Houston’s oldest law school, South Texas College of Law Houston.

For more than two decades, he has provided confident leadership, innovative strategies, actionable recommendations, and practical management to Fortune 200 clients, in higher education, and in community service.

Barry joined South Texas in fall 2019 after serving as assistant dean and practitioner in residence at St. Mary’s University School of Law in San Antonio, Texas. Among his responsibilities were developing new programs; increasing outreach to partners, donors, employers, and alumni; supporting and fundraising for initiatives that benefited St. Mary’s University and its students and alumni; managing law school operations to support faculty and student needs; and developing and teaching courses and extracurricular programs. Bringing business acumen, budgeting, change management, and leadership skills from his years in legal practice and in business, Barry initially designed St. Mary’s University School of Law’s comprehensive Law Success academic support program, became a leader in using data to support student success, and directed operations and budget for the School of Law. An engaged teacher, Barry excels at bringing real-world experiences into the legal classroom.

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