President Tom Galligan, of Colby-Sawyer College in New Hampshire, has been named the new Dean of the LSU Law Center. He will take over this summer. He was the Dean of the University of Tennessee College of Law before heading to Colby-Sawyer. He previously taught at LSU Law from 1986 to 1998.
New York's Marist College has announced that Loyola - Chicago Law Dean David Yellen will become its next President. Dean Yellen has been at Loyola since 2005. He previously served as the Dean of Hofstra School of Law. He holds a JD from Cornell. It will be quite a change for Marist. Its current leader, President Dennis Murray, has led the college for 37 years.
Villanova University Law Dean John Gotanda has accepted a new position as President of Hawai'i Pacific University. Gotanda became Dean in 2011 and has done a great job leading Villanova Law out of choppy waters while, at the same time, doing exceptional fundraising (including a $25 million naming gift.) I am certain he will be very missed. Gotanda takes over at the Honolulu university in June.
Concordia Law Dean Cathy Silak has been named Concordia University's new Vice President for community engagement. She will also remain dean temporarily, as the school conducts a search for her replacement.
Chapman University has announced that Matthew J. Parlow will serve as the next dean of the law school, starting this summer. He is currently the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at Marquette University Law School. Parlow holds a JD from Yale. He taught at Chapman Law from 2005 to 2008, before joining the Marquette faculty . His wife, Janine Kim, currently a professor of law at Marquette Law, also will join the Chapman Law faculty. The presser is here.
According to this report, nine people have applied to become Chancellor of the Southern University law school, including three Southern Law administrators: John Pierre, Russell Jones and Roederick White Sr.. Other applicants include Louisiana Judge John Michael Guidry; Joan Bullock, associate dean at Florida A&M Law; Preston Castille Jr., Monique Edwards, Alexander Daniel Hamilton VI; and Texas Municipal Judge Jay Robinson.
Duquesne Law Dean Kenneth Gormley has been named the new President of Duquesne University, effective July 1. Professor Nancy Perkins will serve as interim dean until a permanent dean has been identified.
Professor Jerry Anderson of Drake University Law School has been named the school's new dean, effective July 1, 2016. He succeeds Ben Ullem, who is currently serving a two-year term as dean of the Law School. Anderson holds a JD from Stanford Law.
American University Law has announced four finalists in its search for a new dean. They are:
Robert Ahdieh, Vice Dean and K.H. Gyr Professor of Private International Law, Emory University Law; Camille Nelson, Former Dean and Professor of Law, Suffolk University Law School; Andrew Popper, Professor of Law and Former Deputy Dean, American University Law; and Brent White, Associate Dean for Programs and Global Initiatives and Professor of Law, University of Arizona Law.
Nebraska Law Dean Susan Poser has been named the new provost of the University of Illinois - Chicago. She will take over in February. Poser has served as Nebraska's dean since May, 2010 and her tenure has been highly successful. This is a particularly notable move given that UIC doesn't have a law school. Nebraska will name an interim dean shortly. More details here.
On November 4, Duquesne University announced that Duquesne Law Dean Kenneth G. Gormley would become the university's new president. Prior to assuming his new role on July 1, 2016, Gormley is taking a sabbatical. Professor Nancy Perkin is serving as Interim Dean and the university is launching a search with the goal of appointing a permanent law dean before the beginning of the 2016-2017 academic year.
Michelle Anderson, Dean at CUNY Law since 2006, has announced her decision to step down as dean at the end of this academic year. Here is an excerpt from her email to the CUNY community:
After 10 years at CUNY Law, I have decided to step down as dean at the end of this academic year. It has been an honor to serve this great institution alongside you—the faculty, staff, students, and alumni—and I count the extraordinary work we have done together as the highlight of my professional life.
When I was appointed, you told me of your dreams for the law school’s future. You said the school needed a new building in a more strategic location, a part-time program, a higher New York State Bar Exam pass rate, a stronger reputation, and a deeper commitment to our mission of diversifying the legal profession and serving the underprivileged. Together, we have accomplished much.
In 2012, we moved to a gorgeous building in an accessible location, and this year we launched a robust part-time program. Over the last five years, CUNY Law graduates reached a high of 84% and an average of 77% on the Bar. We enhanced our mission with terrific new courses, clinics, and centers, but I want to highlight our Pipeline to Justice Program, inaugurated in the fall of 2006, which continues to enhance the diversity of our student body today.
All the while, we have maintained our outstanding, top-10 U.S. News & World Report annual rankings for “Best Clinical Training.” (This year, we are third in the nation, a high water mark.) Over the past nine years, we have also been ranked as the best public interest law school in the nation, the second most diverse law school student body, and among the top 10 in the nation for best law professors, most diverse faculty, and highest percentage of public service and public interest employment. These accolades, embodying the spirit of CUNY Law, would not have happened without your deep commitment to the school. That commitment is one of the things that makes CUNY Law special, and it will be as valuable to the next dean as it has been to me.
To make the transition as seamless as possible, CUNY Board of Trustees Chair Benno Schmidt and CUNY Chancellor J.B. Milliken are convening a search committee to find a new dean before I step down in June. As with all decanal searches, the committee will seek input from our community, particularly from the faculty.
I am looking forward to joining the faculty to write and teach. The chancellor has also asked me to consider some assignments in the future that will provide an opportunity for me to continue to contribute to university-wide initiatives to which I’m committed. For now, though, I am focused on working with you to solidify our part-time program and expand our curricular offerings, including new experiential opportunities and joint degree programs. There is much to do, and I have no doubt we will accomplish it together.
Although the two campuses of Rutgers Law have formally merged into a single entity, each campus has its own co-dean. Rutgers has now announced a search for a co-dean who will be located on the Camden campus. Details here and the full ad is here.