President and Dean
William Mitchell College of Law, a pioneer in affording access to premium, practice-ready legal education, seeks a new President and Dean. The College is an incubator for the bar, bench and civic leadership in its region. And, as the only law school authorized by the American Bar Association to offer a hybrid, 50% online JD course of instruction, it now also serves a broader national and international market. The new President and Dean will lead the implementation and promotion of this groundbreaking on-campus/online Hybrid Program (whose first cohort commences study in January 2015) as a new model for legal education. He or she will lead a nimble, independent institution with an engaged and resourceful board and a shared sense of mission across all constituents, and with alumni who play an outsized role in the business, judicial and civic life of the Twin Cities, Minnesota and Wisconsin. With the successful conclusion of its $25 million “If Not for Mitchell” campaign now in sight, the College has laid a strong base for continued growth in private support from alumni, friends and the broader community. William Mitchell seeks a prominent leader in the legal academy and/or profession, who can be a visible, credible and effective public advocate for the College as it rolls out its Hybrid Program and charts a new and stronger course for legal education. Candidates must have an earned JD and at least seven years of experience in the teaching or practice of law. Candidates are expected to meet the College of Law’s criteria for tenure at the full professor rank. Candidates must embrace Mitchell’s historical access mission and practice orientation. The ideal candidate will have a deep investment in legal education and understand the importance of supporting legal scholarship. Both the William Mitchell culture and this historical moment call for an authentic, charismatic, competitive and decisive President and Dean who finds Mitchell’s unique opportunity to re-shape law school pedagogy for geographically remote markets an energizing challenge. The ideal candidate will be possessed of candor and confidence, pragmatism and a lack of pretension conducive to relationship building within the College and across the communities that it serves. Candidates should have a strong record of (or demonstrated aptitude for) leadership in public relations and a willingness and capacity to engage in on-going fundraising for the College. Review of candidate materials will begin immediately and continue until the appointment. A complete application will include a letter of interest, a curriculum vitae or résumé and contact information for five professional references who can speak about the candidate’s qualifications for this position. Named references will not be contacted without the candidate’s prior consent. Expressions of interest, applications, nominations and inquiries should be directed to William Mitchell’s search consultant, Chuck O’Boyle of C. V. O’Boyle, LLC, at firstname.lastname@example.org, who will furnish a detailed specification upon request. Telephone inquiries are also welcome and may be directed to Mr. O’Boyle at 401-919-5767. Members of under-represented groups are encouraged to apply. AA/EOE.