CONTACT: MELVIN O. SHAW
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Release: March 6, 2001
W.H. 'Joe' Knight is named dean of University of Washington
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- W. H. "Joe" Knight, University
of Iowa law professor and former UI vice provost, has announced that he has
accepted an offer to become the next dean of the University of Washington
School of Law. Knight has taught at the UI College of Law since 1983 and served
as vice provost of the university from 1997-2000.
Knight's departure also means that his spouse, Susan
Mask, will step down as director of the Office of Affirmative Action, a position
she has held since 1989. Neither Knight nor Mask has announced definitively
when they will leave for the Seattle area, but Knight said he expects to leave
sometime this summer to replace the current dean, Roland L. Hjorth.
Knight has inspired students and has gained the admiration
of faculty since his arrival at the UI after having served as in-house counsel
to a large bank and bank holding company.
"Joe Knight has been one of the most valuable members
of the law faculty for all of the 18 years he has spent in Iowa City. Joe
is an effective and popular teacher of contracts and commercial law subjects.
He is an influential scholar in the field of banking regulation and commercial
transactions, and he is a tireless worker on behalf of the college's core
academic missions," said
N. William Hines, dean, UI College of Law.
"The University of Washington is gaining a first-rate
dean, but Iowa's loss is one that it will be most difficult to overcome. Professors
with Joe Knight's array of talent just don't come along every year," Hines
Knight said that he is impressed with University of
Washington President Dick McCormick's commitment to diversity, with the people
who are in leadership positions there, and with the law faculty.
"I'll join some extraordinary people at the law school,
who, as a group, are waiting for an energetic and visionary leader to jumpstart
them to another rung of achievement. Washington has the capability of carving
out its own reputation. I want that reputation to be an international one
in perception," Knight said.
"It will be difficult to leave a place like the University
of Iowa. It is here that I have grown as a person and a teacher. This is a
wonderfully encouraging and supportive environment. Iowa will always be home
for my family and me," Knight said.