Monday, October 23, 2006

"Beleaguered MSU Law Dean Takes Paid Leave"

Story here; an excerpt:

Terence Blackburn, the Michigan State University College of Law dean who came under fire from faculty members in the spring, has gone on paid administrative leave through the end of the academic year.

In April, a group of law professors demanded Blackburn's dismissal, saying his performance has been "unsatisfactory and that the specific deficiencies are serious and irremediable."

MSU officials disagreed, saying they were committed to resolving the group's complaints.

Blackburn kept his post, which he has held since 2000.

On Friday, Blackburn said the conflict with the faculty didn't have a "direct impact" on his decision to go on leave, but he granted that it had "added to all the rest of the intense periods" of the past year.

"It's time for me to take a small break," he said, adding that he will use the time for international projects and writing.

Blackburn said he does not intend to look for another  position.

"This is not a resignation," he said. "This is a leave."

The law college is up for accreditation this year.

(Thanks to Jack Rooney for the pointer.)

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