The search for the next dean of the School of Law is still under way,
according to an announcement Dec. 5 by President Bill Chace.
It had been reported by local media that several candidates were recommended
to the administration. None of those has been appointed to the position.
Chace did not elaborate on the specifics of candidates identified by the
search to date, other than to say that the search process will continue.
Chace said the law school continues to seek a leader who will dedicate
the next phase of his or her career to working with the school and the
University to help fulfill the considerable strengths and promise of both.
Because the law school is at an important juncture in its history,
Chace said, it cannot afford to take a quick or easy path to finding
In discussions with several candidates for the position, Chace said, it
became clear to the search committee and/or to me that the strengths of
those candidates and our needs were not in the most advantageous alignment.
Chace thanked search committee chair Jeffrey Pennell, Richard H. Clark
Professor of Law, and members of the committee for their tireless
work thus far on behalf of the law school and the University.
The committee, the faculty, the students, our loyal alumni, the
staff and other interested groups have invested many hours and much energy
in this search, Chace said. We recognize and applaud their
dedication to the task. As we move forward, we will build on their work
to bring the search to a successful conclusion.
Pennell said the membership of the committee may change due to other professional
demands. An announcement on these possible changes will be made at a later
date, he said.