From the President and Provost
Reappointment of Michael Fitts
as Dean of the Law School
We have received the report of the Consultative Review Committee on the Reappointment of Michael Fitts as Dean of the Law School (Almanac February 7, 2006), and we are delighted to announce that we will recommend to the Trustees at their next full meeting in June the reappointment of Dean Fitts for a second term, to run through June 30, 2012.
After a comprehensive review of his performance and the challenges and opportunities facing the Law School, the Consultative Committee concluded that Dean Fitts’s leadership of the Law School has been an outstanding success. He has articulated the School’s mission and direction with unusual clarity and consistency: to build on Penn Law’s distinctive internal academic culture and the University’s commitments to the integration of knowledge and international engagement to make Penn Law an academic leader in addressing the world’s most complex legal questions. He has structured the School to help fulfill that vision and worked extraordinarily hard to realize it. The strength and breadth of support for his efforts, both within and outside the Law School, are impressive and a credit to the collaborative culture he has fostered.
During Michael Fitts’s tenure, the Penn Law faculty has grown substantially in size, quality, productivity, and breadth of expertise. Joint faculty appointments with other Schools of the University have multiplied, cross-school programs and enrollments have increased, interdisciplinary research institutes within the Law School have been expanded, the School’s national reputation and international engagements have risen, and Penn Law has become a school of choice for students from the United States and abroad, competing successfully with the best of its peers. To support these efforts, Dean Fitts has been an indefatigable fundraiser, doubling the School’s endowment, more than doubling its annual donations, and building stronger ties with the School’s alumni, donor, and professional constituencies.
We are confident that Michael Fitts is the ideal leader to continue to take Penn Law to new heights. He has the strong support of the School’s faculty, staff, students, and alumni, as well as his fellow Deans and colleagues across the University. We are all fortunate, indeed, that he is willing to accept a second term as Dean. We look forward to working with him in the years ahead to ensure that Penn Law School thrives as an ever more eminent institution.
Amy Gutmann, President
Ronald Daniels, Provost
Almanac, Vol. 52, No. 31, April 25, 2006
April 25, 2006
Volume 52 Number 31