The School of Government Has a New Dean

The School of Government was founded 92 years ago as the Institute of Government. To say that the School has had continuity of leadership would be an understatement. The top job has been held by just four people, three of whom served more than two decades each:

  • Albert Coates was the founder of the Institute and served as Director from 1931 to 1962.
  • John Sanders served as Director from 1962 to 1973. He stepped away from the Institute to serve the university system from 1973 to 1978, during which time Henry Lewis served as Director. Sanders returned and resumed his role from 1979 to 1992.
  • Since 1992, the School has been led by Mike Smith, first as Director of the Institute, and since 2001 as Dean of the School of Government.

Things will change on February 27, when our colleague Aimee Wall – currently the School’s Senior Associate Dean – will become Dean of the School. It is a watershed moment for many reasons, and while I don’t expect any disruptive changes to our work in criminal law, I thought readers would be interested to know of this transition. Below, I’ve pasted the message Chancellor Kevin Guskiewicz and Provost Chris Clemens sent to the University community about Aimee’s appointment.

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