Search for new law school dean continues: Original candidates dismissed, new applications received

by Laura Smith
January 13, 2009

 

In December, Elon Provost Gerry Francis announced to the faculty and staff that he did not recommend either of the original Elon School of Law dean candidates for the position.

Francis is the chair of the search committee and said he is hoping to find a new dean soon.

The search began in the fall after Leary Davis, the founding dean for the law school, resigned early in the summer for health reasons.

Since then, interim Dean George Johnson has been serving the role.

This fall, the committee interviewed six different candidates and brought two to campus right before the holiday break. No decision was made at that time.

Then, during the break, Francis made the announcement that he had not recommended the two candidates, but had received an application from Johnson.

Johnson will be interviewed for the position this week.

“Hopefully a decision will be made soon,” Francis said. “We would love to have a person with law school administrative experience and faculty experience, a person who has the abilities to see the further development of the law school.”

He wants to find a person who will continue to help the school grow from its current infancy stage, he said.

“We’re looking for an individual who has the vision to develop and create an excellent law school, one that prepares students to be successful lawyers and bring leadership,” Francis said.

Francis said he hopes to finish the search by February at the latest.

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