Barnard College Names Florida Law Dean as New President

Laura A. Rosenbury will become president in the fall, leaving her position as dean of the University of Florida law school.

Barnard College of Columbia University, one of the most prominent women’s colleges in the United States, announced on Thursday that it had chosen Laura A. Rosenbury, the dean of the University of Florida Levin College of Law, to serve as its next president.

Ms. Rosenbury became the first woman to serve as dean of Levin College of Law, in Gainesville, Fla., in 2015. She also taught classes in feminist legal theory, employment discrimination and family law.

“As a scholar who has long studied the law’s role in the construction of gender, I am excited to be part of an institution that has a deep history of studying gender in all of its complexity,” said Ms. Rosenbury in an interview.

Ms. Rosenbury will be installed as president on July 1, 2023, when Sian Beilock steps down to join Dartmouth College as its first female president. Ms. Beilock has led Barnard since 2017.

Barnard was the first college in New York City to offer degrees to women, and it has always had a woman president.

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