Professor Melanie Wilson, the associate dean ofacademic affairs at Kansas Law, has been named the new dean of the University of Tennessee School of Law. She will take over next summer. Wilson holds a JD from the University of Georgia.
Indiana Tech School of Law has named Charles Cercone, currently the associate dean of faculty at Thomas Cooley Law, as its new dean. Cercone, who will take over in January, holds a JD from SUNY Buffalo Law.
Dean Penelope Andrews has announced that she will be stepping down as Dean and President of Albany Law School at the end of the 2014-2015 year. In the meantime, Professor and Associate Dean Alicia Ouellette has been named as Acting Dean. The press release from Albany is here.
Things at Albany sound ... complicated. See here for prior post on Albany's "financial exigency."
Does it happen at other schools at an interim/acting dean is appointed while the existing dean is still serving out the last year of the dean's term?
Camille Nelson, who became Dean of Suffolk University Law School in 2010, will step down at the end of this school year. Suffolk was in the news recently because University President James McCarthy was replaced unexpectedly and, at the same time, the University offered buyouts to its entire law faculty.
I'm not sure I've ever seen anything like this: press coverage of a law school dean candidate's talk to the law school community. But you can read about Bo Rutledge's presentation at the University of Georgia School of Law here.
Now that Widener seems to be moving forward as two law schools, and given that it is operating under two interim deans, it only makes sense that Widener - Delaware (or whatever name it ultimately adopts) needs a permanent dean. The announcement is here. Delaware is using the same search firm - Academic Search - as Harrisburg.
It appears that the two campuses of Widener Law will be splitting into two separate law schools. Widener-Harrisburg now has an active search for a new dean, aided by the consulting firm Academic Search. The posting is here. Robert Power is co-chair of the search committee joined by, among others, John Dernbach, Juliet Moringiello, Anna Hemingway, and Michael Hussey
Penn Law is looking to replace Mike Fitts. The "Consultative Committee" - Penn's name, not mine - includes law professors Shyamkrishna Balganesh, William Burke-White, Jacques deLisle, Dorothy Roberts, Reed Shuldiner, and Christopher Yoo. It is chaired by Annenberg School Dean Michael Delli Carpini.
The University is using Korn/Ferry as their consultant. Nominations and names of possible candidates should be submitted directly to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wake Forest University has initiated the search for its next Dean of the Law School. The search committee, chaired by Provost Rogan Kersh, includes these law faculty members: Chris Coughlin, Tim Davis, Mark Hall, Sid Shapiro, and Kami Simmons.
The Spectrum, a SUNY Buffalo independent student newspaper, has extensive reporting on the resignation of Buffalo Law Dean Makau Mutua here. I previously blogged about the resignation, and posted a copy of a remarkable court filing suggesting significant misconduct by Mutua, here.
Dean Makau Mutua, who has led Buffalo Law for seven years, will be stepping down from the deanship this December. Dean Mutua made some size adjustments in the law school and has also had controversy in his time. (In fact, the litigation with Jeffrey Malkan continues. A filing here, submitted by the dean's co-defendant in the Malkan litigation, is pretty interesting in its own right.)
I've summed it all up in my finalized list of last year's law school dean searches here. On the whole, schools were very successful in finding new leadership. This year will be particularly intriguing with three excellent southeastern state university deanships open at North Carolina, Georgia and Tennessee.
Update: A reader points out that Florida's deanship is also open. My oversight! That makes FOUR great southeastern state deanships open right now.
In April, Dan wrote about the Florida Coastal dean search where the candidate was asked to leave in the middle of his job talk (under threat of a security escort out of the building) after his presentation turned a critical eye towards the school's admissions standards and bar passage rates.
Now Paul Campos fleshes out some of the details in this Atlantic piece, which he uses to launch a longer discussion about the Infilaw suite of schools and the crisis in higher education generally.
William Mitchell College of Law, in St. Paul, Minnesota, is search for a new leader to replace the outgoing Eric Janus. The position is President and Dean of the free-standing school. Full details of the search are here.