Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Law professors as university presidents

This is just off the top of my head, but it seems like a lot:  Kent Syverud at Syracuse University; Michael Fitts at Tulane University; Joel Seligman at University of Rochester; John Sexton at New York University; Lee Bollinger at Columbia University; Bill Powers at the University of Texas at Austin; Frederick Lawrence at Brandeis University; Nicholas Zeppos at Vanderbilt University; David Leebron at Rice University; Ronald Daniels at Johns Hopkins University. Other current ones?


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Michael Young at the University of Washington

Posted by: Rafael Pardo | May 27, 2014 7:04:33 AM

Stuart Rabinowitz at Hofstra.

Posted by: Rob T. | May 27, 2014 7:06:59 AM

Hiram Chodosh, Claremont McKenna

Posted by: Robert Strassfeld | May 27, 2014 7:15:27 AM

Taylor Revely at William and Mary.

Posted by: Alfred Brophy | May 27, 2014 7:27:38 AM

Kevin Worthen at BYU (former dean at the law school)

Posted by: David M. Cole | May 27, 2014 7:33:09 AM

It's not technically a university, but Reed College now has it's 2nd former law professor as president, with John Kroger http://www.reed.edu/president/ having taken over from Colin Diver (former Penn Law dean and professor). (It seems that Kroger has been in government service for a few years, but he was a law professor at Lewis and Clark before that.)

Posted by: Matt | May 27, 2014 7:46:38 AM

Taylor Reveley was dean at William & Mary before becoming president.

Posted by: Chris Griffin | May 27, 2014 7:52:05 AM

Also Chris Eisgruber at Princeton, Tom Mengler at St. Mary's (Texas), and John Garvey at Catholic University.

Posted by: Michael Moreland | May 27, 2014 8:06:43 AM

E. Thomas Sullivan, University of Vermont

Posted by: Brian Bix | May 27, 2014 8:44:25 AM

David Van Zandt is president of The New School in New York City.

Posted by: dan rodriguez | May 27, 2014 9:37:18 AM

Jeff Mearns at Northern Kentucky University.

Posted by: Jen Kreder | May 27, 2014 9:53:54 AM

Jere Morehead at University of Georgia, though he previously taught legal studies in the business school, not the law school.

Posted by: Haskell Murray | May 27, 2014 9:58:10 AM

Mark Nordenberg, University of Pittsburgh (he's retiring in August after almost 20 years as Chancellor).

Posted by: Kelvin Yang | May 27, 2014 11:00:43 AM

Barbara Snyder at Case Western Reserve University.

Posted by: Thomas Gallanis | May 27, 2014 12:01:36 PM

John Garvey - Catholic University.

Posted by: Ian Holloway | May 27, 2014 1:37:46 PM

There's also Stephen Friedman at Pace. The interesting specimens are the ones who run universities with no law school: Van Zandt, Sullivan, Syverud, Seligman, Leebron, Daniels. Most of them don't have Ph.D.s, I believe.

Posted by: Anita Bernstein | May 27, 2014 8:01:08 PM

The late & beloved Victor Rosenblum of Northwestern Law also served as president of Reed College, back in the late 1960s. http://www.northwestern.edu/newscenter/stories/2006/03/rosenblum.html

Posted by: Michael Fischl | May 28, 2014 5:30:47 AM

George R. Johnson Jr at Elon. There are probably a lot more law professors who would like to be.

Posted by: Kevin O'Connor | May 28, 2014 6:18:55 AM

Has anyone else noticed that there seems to be only one woman on this extensive list, including the additions in the comments? Of course, I might have missed someone, but still the gender imbalance seems extreme and indefensible.

BL COMMENT: Maybe womenwho go into law teaching have more sense than to become university presidents?

Posted by: Ellen Wertheimer | May 28, 2014 6:31:48 AM

I believe on good authority that:
1.Syracuse University does have a College of Law (re Syverud).
2. Van Zandt does have a Ph.D .
3. Most of those listed were law school deans at some point or other.

Posted by: hannah arterian | May 28, 2014 6:46:24 AM

Gordon Gee, now back at West Virginia, is the president of more universities than anyone. Again, only a college, but Tom Galligan at Colby-Sawyer

Posted by: John Weaver | May 28, 2014 7:42:38 AM

Steve Bahls (former dean at Capital) is President at Augustana (IL). Phoebe Haddon (outgoing dean at Maryland) is becoming Chancellor at Rutgers-Camden.

Posted by: David Yellen | May 28, 2014 9:45:21 AM

Kenneth Starr (former dean and professor at Pepperdine, among other positions) has been president of Baylor University for several years.

Posted by: Keith Rowley | May 29, 2014 4:14:42 AM

Again, not a university president, but a college president: Thomas C. Galligan, Jr., former Dean at The University of Tennessee College of Law, at Colby-Sawyer College.

Posted by: Joan Heminway | May 29, 2014 3:26:33 PM

Hannah, I apologize for my error. No excuse, I did know and mistyped. Glad to have an otherwise accurate list.

Ellen, I also noticed and didn't think the reason is that women know better. Perhaps "the glass cliff" will let women head universities in the future. The same phenomenon that opened the U.S. presidency to a black man only after foreign relations and the economy had been mauled, and gave female pioneers jobs like CEO of General Motors and evening news anchor on network television.

Posted by: Anita Bernstein | May 31, 2014 7:39:04 AM

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