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University of Iowa News Release

Aug. 18, 2003

Committee Opens Search For New Law School Dean

The UI College of Law dean's search committee has officially begun seeking candidates to replace retiring dean N. William Hines.

The committee has sent announcements of the opening to several electronic email and internet lists read by law professors, law school administrators and attorneys, and have placed advertisements in The Chronicle of Higher Education and the National Law Journal, said Adrien Wing, Bessie Dutton Murray professor of law and chair of the search committee.

"The College of Law seeks a leader with an established record of scholarship, preferably with administrative and fund raising experience, who has the ability to encourage creative scholarship and strong teaching and to foster a lively academic community," the advertisement reads, in part. "In addition to energy and endurance, good interpersonal and management skills are essential." (The entire text of the advertisement can be found at the end of this release.)

The application deadline is Oct. 15. Wing said the 12-member committee will begin reviewing candidates early in the fall semester, as well as consider others who may be recruited and encouraged to apply. Interviews with candidates will be held in late fall--the number of people to be interviewed hasn't been determined yet--and a list of three finalists forwarded to the UI provost in January or February. The provost will select the new dean from that list.

Wing said the recent announcement that current UI Provost Jon Whitmore will soon become president of Texas Tech University should not delay the selection process because a new interim provost will likely be in place in time to select the new dean.

The new dean will replace Hines, who is retiring in June 2004 after 28 years at the helm of the UI College of Law. His tenure is the longest of any current law school dean in the United States, and he will have been the longest serving law dean in the history of the University of Iowa. Although stepping down as dean, he will remain on the law faculty as a full-time professor.

The entire text of the advertisement is as follows:

The University of Iowa College of Law, the oldest law school in continuous operation west of the Mississippi River, is a public law school affiliated with a major Big Ten University in Iowa City, Iowa. The College currently has a faculty of fifty, seven of whom are full time clinical professors. The College enrolls approximately 700 geographically diverse students in the three year J.D. program, as well as 15 mainly foreign students in an LL.M. program. The student body is roughly evenly divided between men and women, and persons from minority racial or ethnic backgrounds make up about 15% of the student body. The College boasts one of the top five law libraries in the United States, a pioneering and faculty-intensive legal research and writing program, a specialization in international and comparative law, a first class clinic, a prominent disability law center, resource centers for nonprofit organizations and national health law and policy, four student-run scholarly journals, and organized study programs abroad in London and Arcachon, France. The College has a long standing commitment to interdisciplinary teaching and research, and seven members of its faculty hold Ph.D. degrees in fields outside of law. For further information consult the College's website http://www.law.uiowa.edu/.

The Dean is the chief academic and administrative officer of the College of Law. In addition to supervising the College's daily operations and managing its budget, the Dean has final responsibility for the curriculum, the recruitment and education of students, and oversight of faculty recruitment, research, teaching, and compensation. The Dean also oversees relations with the University, law alumni and state bar, and private fund raising. The College of Law seeks a leader with an established record of scholarship, preferably with administrative and fund raising experience, who has the ability to encourage creative scholarship and strong teaching and to foster a lively academic community. In addition to energy and endurance, good interpersonal and management skills are essential.

Applications and nominations are welcomed. Applications must include a detailed curriculum vitae highlighting both published scholarship and administrative experience, and the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of at least three references. The University of Iowa and the College of Law have a long standing commitment to maintaining a diverse student body, faculty and staff; individuals from historically underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply. For fullest consideration, applications should be submitted by October 15, 2003. Send all applications and attendant documents to:

Adrien Wing
Bessie Dutton Murray Professor
CHAIR, DEAN SEARCH COMMITTEE
University of Iowa
111 Jessup Hall
Iowa City, IA 52242

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Service, 300 Plaza Centre One, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

MEDIA CONTACT: Tom Snee, 319-384-0010, tom-snee@uiowa.edu