January 8, 2001
Hunter 'ends chapter'
law school dean
By Michael Terrazas firstname.lastname@example.org
After 11 years at the helm of the School of Law, Dean Woody Hunter has announced he will resign as dean, effective June 30. He does not plan to retire, however, and will remain on the law school faculty.
I took over [as interim dean] in May 1989 somewhat reluctantly,
with the intention to serve only a few months, until a permanent dean
could take over, Hunter said. One thing led to another, and
suddenly it is almost 12 years later. Frankly, I found the job to be both
interesting and challenging. I have enjoyed the work.
Hunter said the school has recently completed development of several
projects, including the new Center for the Interdiscipli-nary Study of
Religion, and the window was there.
The planned renovations to Gambrell Hall will be completed this
summer, and we made several appointments to the faculty that were important,
he said. It was a good time to end this chapter.
During his tenure, Dean Hunter has accomplished a great deal,
said Provost Rebecca Chopp. He has presided over phenomenal growth
in the law school, enlarging the faculty from 30 to 50, adding five new
named professorships, greatly increasing the number of scholarships available
to law students, and augmenting the endowment so that the school is in
a much stronger position than it was a decade ago. President [Bill] Chace
and I thank Dean Hunter for his part in all of these positive changes.
Asked of which accomplishments he is most proud, Hunter also points to
the growth in law faculty but ties it to a reduction in student body,
from roughly 740 to 620 students in the school. He also cited the development
of academic programs and growth of the curriculum, along with tangible
achievements like the Gambrell renovations and the construction of MacMillan
I have really enjoyed meeting and working with large numbers of
our alumni all over the country, Hunter said. Although I will
not miss the hours spent in airport waiting rooms or on taxiways, I will
miss the regular visits with the many very interesting and accomplished
people who volunteer so much of their time to this institution.
I also have enjoyed the relationships that have developed over
the years with Emorys academic deans, he said. I have
learned as much from them and from our two great provostsBilly Frye
and Rebecca Choppas I have from anyone. Finally, I will really miss
the daily interaction with a wonderful staff.
Hunter has been on the law faculty since 1976. He earned his bachelors
in Russian studies from Yale University in 1968 and his law degree from
Yale three years later. Before coming to Emory, Hunter spent one year
in the Army and several more in private practice in Washington and Atlanta.
Hunter said he will spend 200102 on sabbatical, catching up on
a number of research projects, and he will also do some teaching at Central
European University in Budapest, Hungary.
Meanwhile, Emory will launch another search for a new dean. Hunter advised
his success to continue to teach while serving as dean in order to
remain connected to the core purposes of the law school. He also
had two more words of advice: Be patient.