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Mitchell Hamline School of Law – President and Dean

Posted 4 years ago

Mitchell Hamline School of Law seeks applications and nominations for the position of President and Dean.

Mitchell Hamline School of Law, based in St. Paul, Minnesota, is a forward-thinking and independent, top law school for students seeking a practical legal education. The school offers traditional full- and part-time programs as well as the first on-campus/online J.D. program at an ABA-approved law school. With a history dating back more than 100 years, Mitchell Hamline School of Law has continually shaped legal education to be relevant to its students, future clients, and the legal profession. Students, many of whom may not have otherwise had the opportunity to gain access to a legal education, thrive in a flexible, rigorous and experiential learning environment, and graduate prepared to make an immediate contribution in law, business, government, community service, and many other fields.  For more information please visit

Reporting to the Board of Trustees, the President and Dean will be a collaborative, transparent, and strategic leader who guides faculty, staff, students and processes with empathy and integrity. With a track record of distinguished management and administration, this person must possess a deep commitment to student success and faculty teaching and scholarly engagement and development as well as the organizational and leadership skills necessary to attract and retain human and financial resources. The ideal candidate should have a sophisticated understanding of the changing landscape of legal education, respect and appreciation for shared governance, fundraising experience, and a strong commitment to Mitchell Hamline School of Law’s role as an innovator in legal education.

The new President and Dean will need to lead the Mitchell Hamline community in a collaborative effort to create and execute a strategic vision that builds upon the existing foundation of innovative and successful programs to further distinguish the school in the modern legal education landscape. Mitchell Hamline’s faculty, staff, students, alumni, and Board of Trustees are eager to work with a leader who is energetic, creative, supportive, and able to inspire the law school’s diverse and highly engaged community. The new President and Dean must be committed to increasing diversity among students, faculty, and staff and eager to promote its advantages to a variety of constituents. The new President and Dean will be expected to maintain and reinvigorate close relationships with the Mitchell Hamline alumni and donor community to enhance current sources of revenue for the school while also identifying potential new ones.

The successful candidate will offer a proven record in management or administration suitable for appointment as President and Dean. The successful candidate will, at minimum, possess a J.D. degree or its equivalent, and will have an outstanding record of academic and professional accomplishment and demonstrated commitment to service to the legal profession and the public.

The Search Committee invites letters of nomination, expressions of interest, or applications and they may be sent to Werner Boel, LL.M. and Shelley Arakawa, J.D., the WittKieffer consultants assisting Mitchell Hamline School of Law with this search, at Electronic submissions are strongly encouraged. A complete application will include a letter of interest, a curriculum vitae, and contact information for five professional references. This search will be conducted with respect for the confidentiality of candidates; references will not be contacted without prior knowledge and approval of the candidate. Review of materials will begin immediately and continue until an appointment is made. To ensure full consideration, please submit your application before October 14, 2019. Applications received after this date may be considered at the discretion of the Search Committee. The anticipated starting date for the new President and Dean is July 1, 2020.

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