August 2, 2011
The Saga of Fired Baltimore Law Dean Continues: U of Baltimore Responds Publicly to Dean Phil Closius
All this sounds more than vaguely familiar to what happened at DePaul back in 2009 when that University's Administration decided to air its dirty laundry publicly. The Baltimore Sun reports the following:
The University of Baltimore's president issued a sharp response Monday to allegations aired by the university's former law dean after he was forced to resign last week.
In an e-mail to faculty and staff, President Robert L. Bogomolny disputed financial arguments used by former dean Phillip Closius to portray a university taking advantage of its law school to support other programs. Bogomolny said he had met with key alumni and faculty members and that "the overwhelming conclusion was that a change in leadership was in the best interests of the School of Law and the University of Baltimore."
That message ran counter to an outpouring of criticism last week from students and alumni who praised Closius as a dynamic and caring leader. Students have planned an all-day rally on Tuesday to protest the dean's removal.
For Baltimore University President Bogomolny's response, see the Baltimore Sun's Aug. 1, 2011 story: University of Baltimore president responds to ousted law dean: Bogomolny says change of leadership will serve best interest of law school, disputes Closius' budget facts. For Dean Closius' statement and one law faculty member's brave statement, see Univ. of Baltimore Law School Dean Told to Take a Hike by University Administration. [JH]