University at Buffalo Law School
The University at Buffalo (UB), the State University of New York (SUNY), invites applications and nominations for the position of Dean of the Law School. The University at Buffalo is a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU) and is SUNY’s most comprehensive and research-intensive university. UB currently enrolls over 27,000 students, and offers over 350 degree programs at the baccalaureate, master’s, doctoral, and professional levels.
The University at Buffalo Law School is the State University's only law school. UB Law School has a student body of about 750 students and a full-time faculty of 56, including 42 tenured and tenure-track, 7 clinical, and 7 research and writing faculty members. UB Law’s long tradition of leadership and excellence; and its special emphasis on interdisciplinary studies, public service, international engagement, and innovative scholarship, teaching, and clinical education make it unique among the nation's premier public law schools. UB Law offers a comprehensive curriculum that features eleven subject matter concentrations, innovative January "bridge term" courses, and path-breaking clinical programs featuring not only litigation but also transactional practice and policymaking. Its international reputation for excellence in the interdisciplinary study of law is anchored by the Law School’s Baldy Center for Law and Social Policy, with an endowment of nearly $11,000,000.
The ideal candidate will be a legal scholar with a national or international reputation for sustained achievement and the ability to inspire and lead an accomplished faculty toward further excellence. The candidate should have strong management skills, including the ability to develop the Law School’s resources through fundraising and other initiatives, and to allocate those resources strategically. The candidate should have the ability to communicate persuasively the mission and goals of the Law School within the university, the broader legal academy, the legal profession, the community, and the state. The candidate should be well-prepared to contribute to the strategic planning process within the university, known as UB 2020 (www.buffalo.edu/ub2020), and to collaborate effectively with other leaders in achieving the university’s goals. The candidate should have the ability to enhance the Law School's relationships with outside constituencies, including alumni, public and private sector leaders, and local community members. The next dean should have the ability and commitment to recruit a diverse faculty, staff, and student body and to foster their development and participation in the life of the institution. She or he should be prepared to oversee the preparation of students for outstanding professional practice of the highest ethical caliber; and to engage leaders of the legal profession and public officials as a respected colleague. A record of excellence, achievement, and innovation in one’s academic and professional career is the best evidence of the enterprise, imagination, and determination expected of the Law School’s next leader.
Interested parties are encouraged to visit http://www.buffalo.edu/law-dean/ or call 805-699-3020 (PST) for a more detailed position description, including information about the University at Buffalo and application/nomination instructions.
The appointment date is open. To ensure full consideration, materials should be received as soon as possible. Review of nominations and applications for the position will commence immediately and continue until the position is filled. All candidate information will be held in strict confidence until the final stage of the search, at which time the express permission of finalists will be obtained before making their candidacy public.
Qualified applicants should forward an electronic version of their curriculum vitae
(Microsoft Word preferred) and an optional letter of interest to:
Dr. Ilene H. Nagel
Leader, Higher Education Practice
Russell Reynolds Associates, Inc.
Applications from and nominations of women and underrepresented minorities are actively encouraged.
The University at Buffalo is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Recruiter.