Lawrence Ponoroff, who helped shepherd a traumatized student body and faculty
through the rebuilding of Tulane University in the aftermath of Hurricane
Katrina, has been appointed dean of the University of Arizona James E. Rogers
College of Law.
He was selected from a field of five finalists and will receive $315,000 a
year in his new position, with 5 percent of that salary provided by private
funds, said UA spokesman Johnny Cruz.
UA President Robert N. Shelton and Provost Meredith Hay announced Thursday
that Ponoroff will take the reins of the UA law school on July 1, when Dean
Toni Massaro returns to the faculty.
Ponoroff is dean and Mitchell Franklin professor of private and commercial law
at Tulane University School of Law, a position he has held for eight years.
"We're extraordinarily lucky to find someone like Dean Ponoroff to
succeed Toni Massaro," said Paul Portney, dean of the Eller College of
Management. "He has a distinguished reputation as
a scholar, administrator and fundraiser, and we heard nothing but the highest
praise from everyone about his performance as dean at Tulane during the
Ponoroff served as part of the Tulane President's Leadership Group, which
coordinated the rebuilding and reopening of the university after Katrina hit.
"That wasn't part of the job description when I became dean here,"
Ponoroff said Thursday from New Orleans. "But it was an extraordinary
experience that forced us to face challenges that were unprecedented in legal
and higher education."
Ponoroff said one of the attractions of the UA job is that it isn't in a
"This is a school that has had superb leadership for the past
decade," he said. "It is a school that has made, without a lot of
(extra financial) resources, extraordinary progress and has been positioned
very well for growth. My hope is to build that up and advance the school both
in the quality of programs and in external relations."
Another attraction, he said, joking, is the fact that Arizona never changes
"When we went to daylight savings time and I had to change all my
(electronics) to a different time, I decided I really want to live in
Arizona," he said. "It pretty much came down to daylight savings
Ponoroff will visit Tucson a few times before moving permanently in July, he
said, adding that he and his wife "were captivated by Tucson" during
a visit to the city last summer.
Before his appointment as law dean in 2001, Ponoroff served as vice dean of
the Tulane law school and professor of law. He was appointed the Mitchell
Franklin professor of private and commercial Law in 2000.
Before joining the Tulane faculty in 1995, Ponoroff was a professor at the
University of Toledo College of Law since 1986. He was associate dean for
academic affairs at the University of Toledo from 1990 to 1992.