Friday, February 8, 2008

Decanal Candidates at King Hall include Two Women

Among the four finalists for the deanship at King Hall are two women, both professors at the University of Iowa. One is Adrien Katherine Wing, Associate Dean for Faculty Develoment there, and the other is Margaret Raymond. That Adrien Wing is a "radical feminist" has apparently not gone unnoticed by decision makers. Raymond is an expert on criminal law and constitutional law who has held some significant positions in faculty governance at Iowa.

The other candidates are Associate Dean Kevin Johnson, who is well known to all of you, and Leon Trakman, immediate past dean of the law school at the University of New South Wales in Sydney. Trakman was a visiting professor at UC Davis during my first year at King Hall, 1999-2000. He is an expert in commercial law and dispute resolution, and he was apparently a very successful fundraiser at N.S.W., which has a new building to show for his efforts.

I understand that alums can have a real influence on the dean selection process, and I hope all of you (current students, too) will learn more about the candidates and make your views known to Chancellor Vanderhoef by Monday, March 3, the date by which he has requested input. I am sure plenty of senior male alums will show up to meet and vet these candidates, and I hope you will be a part of the process, too. If you are interested in meeting these candidates, you are invited to attend a reception for each in the faculty lounge at the law school during his/her visit. Here's the schedule:

Adrien Katherine Wing: Wednesday, 13 February, 5:30 to 6:30

Margaret Raymond: Thursday, 21 February, 5:30 to 6:30

Leon Trakman, Monday, 25 February, 5:30 to 6:30

Kevin Johnson: Wednesday, 27 February, 5:30 to 6:30

If you would like to be considered as one of the alums to attend dinner with any candidate, I suggest you contact LSA President Sarah Asplin, or Tom Stallard, chair of our Alumni Board.


Jen said...

Thanks for the info! Leadership at King Hall will be very important during this time of budget cuts.

Jen said...

what do you mean by "has not gone unnoticed by decision makers?"