Tuesday, December 13, 2016
From the Legal Intelligencer:
Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law's next dean knows the institution well—he's a member of the inaugural faculty that opened the Philadelphia school in 2006.
Daniel Filler will assume the law school's deanship in January, university leaders announced Tuesday. In addition to a decade of teaching at Drexel, Filler has served as the school's senior associate dean of academic and faculty affairs since 2007. In that capacity, Filler helped build the law school's faculty and expand its programming to include a variety of master's degree options.
Filler will replace outgoing dean Roger Dennis, who has been with the school since its founding.
"Dan enjoys the highest respect from colleagues in the legal community," said Drexel University president John Fry in an announcement of the appointment. "They view him as someone who builds networks, encourages collegiality and brings out the best in new scholars and teachers."
Professor Karl Okamoto applauded Filler's appointment.
"It is so great when you realize things worked out the way they should have," Okamoto said. "Dan is a great scholar, an academic innovator, a kind leader and a really good person. We could not have done better."
In an interview Tuesday, Filler said he was excited about the deanship because unlike many other schools, Drexel has managed to prioritize both experiential education and faculty scholarship. Moreover, the school's relatively high bar passage and graduate employment rates means it's already headed down the right path, he said.