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Thursday, May 29, 2014

Ind. Law - "Dean Resigns Abruptly at Indiana Tech Law School"

Yes, according to this story by Karen Sloan in The National Law Journal, as well as other reports:

The dean of the fledging Indiana Tech Law School has resigned less than a year after the school opened its doors.

Administrators at the university in Fort Wayne, Ind., released a brief statement on May 23 announcing that Peter Alexander two days earlier had left his both his position running the law school and his tenured spot on the faculty. They offered little explanation—only that Alexander felt he had achieved the goals he set out and wanted to pursue opportunities elsewhere. * * *

“I must admit it surprised me,” said Allen County Superior Court Judge David Avery, who also serves as president of the Allen County Bar Association in Fort Wayne. “I just don’t know what the circumstances are. There’s nothing I can recall hearing or seeing that would explain him resigning. I was not aware of any problems or disputes.”

Alexander was instrumental in getting the new law school off the ground and worked closely with the local legal community to generate support for the project. Indiana Tech hired him as dean in 2012, before it broke ground on a $15 million facility. Alexander served as dean of Southern Illinois University School of Law from 2003 to 2009. He spent the year after his Indiana Tech hiring planning a curriculum, hiring faculty, meeting with local legal leaders and recruiting students.

Original plans called for an inaugural class of 100 students. Ultimately, about 30 students were there when the school opened in August 2013, although Alexander tried to minimize concern about the future at the time. * * *

University leaders have named the associate dean for academic affairs, andré douglas pond cummings — who does not capitalize his name — as interim dean. He served on the law faculty at West Virginia University College of Law before moving to Indiana Tech.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on May 29, 2014 08:51 AM
Posted to Indiana Law