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Monday, February 9, 2009

UALR still searching for law dean

Posted By on Mon, Feb 9, 2009 at 3:54 PM

The pick to be dean of the UALR Law School has turned down the job. She was voted the lone finalist by the faculty, which had considered three people recommended by a search committee.


UALR Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs David Belcher announced this afternoon that Penelope Bryan, professor and associate dean of academic affairs at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, has declined the offer to be the next dean of UALR’s William H. Bowen School of Law. Bryan, who has accepted another offer, said that this was the most difficult professional decision she has ever made and that she enjoyed both the people she met at UALR and the city of Little Rock.
Provost Belcher, who said the dean search is now closed, issued this statement:
“I am disappointed in this outcome, but, to put it in perspective, dean searches for some disciplines such as law and business often require more than one search cycle. Our search was just one of 27 law dean searches taking place nationally this year, and thus competition has been particularly stiff.”
Belcher hopes to make a recommendation on the future of the deanship to Chancellor Joel Anderson later this week.

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