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Dean of the School of Law
University of Baltimore
Baltimore, MD - United States
The University of Baltimore (UBalt) is seeking applications and nominations for the next Dean of the University of Baltimore School of Law (UBalt Law). The Dean will play a critical role in fulfilling the institution’s mission of providing quality, professional legal education. The new Dean will succeed Ronald Weich, who has served in this role with distinction since 2012.
Set to celebrate its centennial in 2025, UBalt excels in developing leaders in Baltimore and beyond, and is nationally recognized for serving a diverse, nontraditional student population. The University is a member of the 12-institution University System of Maryland (USM) and is organized into four schools/colleges, including the Merrick School of Business, the School of Law, the Yale Gordon College of Arts and Sciences, and the College of Public Affairs. In the Spring of 2023, the University of Baltimore had a total enrollment of 3,082 students, all of whom are commuters.
Founded in 1925, UBalt Law provides a rigorously practical education, combining doctrinal coursework, intensive writing instruction, nationally renowned clinics and community-based learning to ensure that its graduates are exceptionally well prepared to practice law. UBalt Law is housed in the award-winning John and Frances Angelos Law Center, which opened in 2013. This exceptional 12-story facility houses all of the school’s clinics, centers and classrooms, and provides many options for indoor and outdoor study. The building was designated LEED Platinum by the U.S. Green Building Council.
UBalt Law has a demonstrated record of success in preparing students for highly prestigious post-graduate judicial clerkships. In fact, UBalt Law consistently sends between 20 and 25 percent of each graduating class into these coveted positions at both trial and appellate courts.
Reporting to the Senior Vice President and Provost, the Dean will be a collaborative, transparent, student-centered, and strategic leader who guides faculty, staff, students, and processes with empathy and integrity. This person must have a track record of distinguished management and administration, and must possess a deep commitment to student success, faculty teaching and scholarly engagement and the organizational and leadership skills necessary to attract and retain human and financial resources. The ideal candidate should have a sophisticated understanding of the changing landscape of legal education, respect and appreciation for shared governance, and fundraising experience. Of critical importance is a commitment to fostering UBalt Law’s mission to connect the classroom to the profession, government, and the community through experience-based learning, engaged scholarship, and a robust network of alumni and supporters.
The new Dean will need to lead the UBalt Law community in a collaborative effort to execute a strategic vision that builds upon the existing foundation of innovative and successful programs to further distinguish UBalt Law in the modern legal education landscape. UBalt Law’s faculty, staff, students, alumni, and institutional leadership are eager to work with a leader who is visible, accessible, energetic, creative, supportive, and able to inspire the law school’s diverse and highly engaged community. The new Dean must be committed to diversity among students, faculty, and staff, and eager to promote the importance of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging to a variety of constituents. The new Dean will be expected to maintain and reinvigorate close relationships with the UBalt Law alumni and donor community to enhance current sources of revenue for UBalt Law while also identifying potential new ones.
The successful candidate will have an outstanding record of academic and professional accomplishment and demonstrated commitment to service, the legal profession, and the public. All applicants must have a J.D. or equivalent law degree and an academic record to qualify for tenure and full professorship.
WittKieffer is assisting the University of Baltimore in this search. Review of applicant materials has begun; for fullest consideration, candidate materials should be received by December 31, 2023 and submitted through WittKieffer’s candidate portal using the buttons below.
Nominations and inquiries can be directed to:
Werner Boel, LL.M. and Ashlee Winters Musser
The University of Baltimore is committed to compliance with all applicable laws regarding nondiscrimination. Furthermore, it shall strive to build a diverse community in which opportunity is equal for all persons regardless of race, sex, color, religion, creed, national origin or ancestry, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, marital status, handicap or veteran status. The University will not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, sex*, color, religion, creed, national origin or ancestry, age* or marital status. Further, the University, through its employment practices and procedures recruits and employs qualified personnel for all of its diverse activities and at all of its facilities. The University provides equal opportunities before and during employment by administering each and every phase of its personnel program without regard to race, sex, color, religion, creed, national origin or ancestry, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age or marital status. UBalt is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/ADA Compliant Employer and Title IX Institution.
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