UI to interview law dean hopefuls
Iowa City Press-Citizen
January 9, 2004
A search committee looking for a new law school dean at the University of Iowa will interview seven candidates beginning Monday.
The list includes three people with Iowa roots, as well as two with UI degrees.
The 14-member committee received more than 200 applicants and nominations this fall from those seeking to replace N. William Hines, who UI said is the longest serving dean of any U.S. law school. Hines announced his retirement last April and plans to return as a full-time faculty member in the UI law school.
Candidates will interview for three days each from Monday to Feb. 11, said Adrien Wing, committee chairwoman and UI law professor.
Hines' replacement will be "someone who's willing to come behind the legendary dean," Wing said. "He's the dean of all deans."
Committee members are looking for someone who will build on Hines' strengths, who is interested in fund-raising to help cope with a difficult budget, and who fits into Iowa's open and collegial culture, Wing said.
During Hines' 28-year tenure, the number of minority faculty jumped from zero to seven and the number of female faculty increased from two to 18. The law school's faculty doubled to more than 50, and Hines increased the school's endowment from $1 million to $50 million.
While on campus, each candidate will meet with students, staff, faculty members and administrators from the College of Law, as well as alumni, vice provosts, deans of other UI colleges, UI President David Skorton and the public during an open forum, Wing said.
The committee hopes to name three finalists in mid-February and forward their names to Skorton for his final selection. The new dean will assume responsibilities in July.
While Skorton said Thursday he does not have a deadline to choose the law school's next dean, he said he hopes to do it quickly. Skorton did not give a time limit.
Christina Brooks Whitman.
Gary J. Simson.
Alfred Chueh-Chin Yen.
Carolyn C. Jones.
Maureen A. ORourke.