The news is simple enough: DePaul College of Law has announced that its new dean will be Gregory Mark, the vice dean at Rutgers Newark law school. Mark looks like a sane choice. But a closer inspection suggests some, ummm, questions. And they're not about Dean Mark.
Paul Caron has an extended post today explaining why this was the wrong choice for DePaul. Per ABA requirements under Interpretation 206-1, Mark did receive the necessary support of the faculty. The problem is that the faculty also voted by an overwhelming margin to preference another candidate. And while some universities can get away with ignoring a mere preference, DePaul...having been through the ringer in the past couple of years (see myposts here, here, and here)...might have benefited from being a little more deferential towards its faculty.
It seems like the administration knew this. Why else an announcement over winter break?