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The University of Oklahoma College of Law,
Fenelon Boesche Chair
Director of the OU Law Center, and

University Vice President for Legal Studies


The University of Oklahoma invites nominations and applications for the joint positions of Dean of the College of Law and Fenelon Boesche Chair, Director of the OU Law Center and University Vice President for Legal Studies.  The Dean and Director will be a visionary, dynamic and energetic leader who will chart a bold course for the future with creative vision, integrity and passion to lead the College of Law in the pursuit of excellence.

The College

The College of Law was founded in 1909 and remains the only public law school in Oklahoma.  The college joined the Association of American Law Schools in 1911 and it has been accredited by the American Bar Association’s Section on Legal Education since 1923. The University of Oklahoma Law Center was formed in 1971 and comprises the College of Law, the Donald E. Pray Law Library, the Legal Assistance Education Program, the Oklahoma Law Review, the American Indian Law Review, the Oklahoma Journal of Law and Technology, the American Indian Law and Policy Center and the Clinical Legal Education Program.  The Law Center building, named Andrew M. Coats Hall, houses state of the art classrooms, the library, high-speed computer labs, private study rooms and the Chapman Great Reading Room. The Dick Bell Courtroom provides a venue for OU law students to watch live trials and appeals, as state and federal courts bring the real world into the Law Center. The college currently enrolls over 500 students and employs 60 faculty members and over 40 full-time administrative and technical staff.


The Dean and Director provides overall academic, intellectual and administrative leadership for the College of Law and reports jointly to the Senior Vice President and Provost and to the President on broad policy and budget issues, and external relations of the College of Law.  The successful candidate will be awarded the endowed Fenelon Boesche Chair.  The Dean and Director is responsible for the quality and effectiveness of instructional, research and service programs and serves as the chief spokesperson with external constituencies including advisory boards, donors and the legal profession.  Further, the Dean and Director has overall responsibility for decision-making in the areas of faculty and staff recruitment, development and retention; resource allocation; and facilities and equipment management. The dean also actively promotes diversity.


Candidates must have appropriate academic and professional credentials.  Preference will be given to candidates with a strong commitment to and understanding of legal education; proven leadership, managerial and administrative abilities in academic or professional settings; capacity to secure resources that support college activities, including fundraising; and the ability to develop and maintain supportive relationships within the college, the university, the state, the community, and among alumni, practicing professionals and professional organizations.

The University

Established in 1890, the University of Oklahoma is a public research university offering a wide variety of undergraduate, graduate and professional programs and extensive continuing education and public service programs. Its 2,000 acre Norman campus houses 15 colleges with approximately 1,300 faculty serving over 26,000 students.  An additional 7,000 students are enrolled at the Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City, the Schusterman Center in Tulsa and in continuing education programs around the world. Located 17 miles south of Oklahoma City, Norman has a population of 103,000 making it the third largest city in Oklahoma. Norman, which is known for its quality of life and affordability, is rich in culture and the arts with outstanding public schools and a variety of recreational resources.

Applications and Nominations

Initial screening of candidates will begin on November 1, 2009 and the search will continue until the position is filled.  The preferred start date is July 1, 2010.  Candidates are requested to submit a letter of interest demonstrating how the candidate fulfills the qualifications for this position, a detailed resume, and the names of at least five references (including mail and email addresses and telephone/fax numbers). 

Electronic submissions in PDF format are preferred.

Nominations and applications should be directed to:

Paul B. Bell, Jr.
Law Dean Search Committee Chair
Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and
Vice Provost for Instruction
Ellison Hall,
633 Elm Ave., Room 323
Norman, OK  73019-3118
Email: pbell@ou.edu
Phone: (405) 325-2077   FAX: (405) 325-7709

For more information: http://lawdeansearch.ou.edu.

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