Tuesday, May 5, 2015

New Mexico Dean to Step Down

Dean David Herring has announced that he is stepping down after two years in his position. Apparently disagreements with the faculty precipitated his resignation:

Herring said, “I think in the end it wasn’t a good fit, for me to lead this law school. I came in with clear goals and the faculty seemed excited. But things change.”

The school suffered a fifty percent drop in applications over a six-year period.

Two of Herring’s goals when he became dean were a “rigorous assessment of student learning outcomes,” which is now required to be accredited by the American Bar Association, and to “build incentives for the faculty t engage in interdisciplinary, empirical scholarship.” In a separate interview, with Albuquerque Business First, Herring said that learning a budget inside and out was the most important thing he’d learned.

According to [Provost Chaouki Abdallah, the faculty was not keen on moving as quickly on the issues as Herring preferred. The resignation was discussed for a “couple of days” before it became official.

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