Boston University School of Law Dean Maureen O’Rourke Will Step Down At End Of Year

The Daily Free Press reports….  Boston University School of Law Dean Maureen O’Rourke will step down from her post at the end of the 2017-18 academic year after 14 years of leading the law school.

O’Rourke — who joined the law school’s faculty in 1993 and became dean in 2004 — plans to return to a faculty position in the school, she wrote in an email to the LAW community sent Monday afternoon.

“I have enjoyed working for and with our outstanding faculty, staff, students and alumni,” she wrote.

During her tenure, O’Rourke has been an “exceptional leader” at LAW, University Provost Jean Morrison wrote in a letter to BU faculty and staff Monday.

In the letter, Morrison wrote that O’Rourke “has led advances in the quality, relevance, and accessibility of the School’s academic programs, as well as in its national reputation among top law schools.”

While serving as dean, O’Rourke oversaw a slew of major programs and projects, including the construction and renovation of her school’s Sumner M. Red Stone Building, the letter stated. She was instrumental in enriching the law school’s programs, spearheading collaborations and earning national recognition for her work.

“As a result of her efforts,” Morrison wrote, “80 percent of LAW students participate in a clinic, externship or semester-in-practice, and LAW’s stature continues to climb as an international destination for intellectual property and health law.”

The university will form a Dean Search Advisory Committee for the School of Law — consisting of university administrators and LAW faculty — that will cull the next LAW dean, according to the letter.

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