Provost W.A. "Bud" Baeslack III announced today that Robert H. Rawson Jr. has agreed to serve as Interim Dean of the School of Law through June, 2011.
"Bob has done an outstanding job since arriving last fall," Provost Baeslack said. "We are very pleased that he will be here to build on the significant progress already achieved."
Over the past several months, the law school community has come together to draft a new strategic plan and take steps toward realizing its goals. Rawson has worked extensively with faculty on those efforts, and on raising the school's profile in the region and nationwide.
"Bob is a wise and compassionate leader who inspires respect and admiration in nearly every person he meets," President Barbara R. Snyder said. "We are grateful to him for his dedication to helping the law school realize more of its immense potential."
With this development, the School of Law is suspending its search for a permanent dean. The process will start again in the summer of 2010 with a new search committee. Provost Baeslack thanked Jerold S. Goldberg, Dean of the School of Dental Medicine, for chairing the previous committee; he also commended the entire committee for working well collaboratively throughout the past several months.
Rawson is a partner at the Jones Day law firm and served for 15 years as Partner in Charge of its Cleveland office.
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