Legal Scholar, Experienced Administrator Becomes
Gonzaga U. School of Law’s First Woman Dean
SPOKANE, Wash. – Jane B. Korn, vice dean and the John D. Lyons Professor at the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law, has been hired as dean of the Gonzaga University School of Law effective July 1, Gonzaga President Thayne M. McCulloh announced today. Korn becomes the Law School’s first female dean.
The announcement follows seven months of intense effort by a search committee chaired by Gonzaga Trustee and GU Law School alumnus Don Curran. Korn, who has received numerous teaching awards and has held several key administrative posts at University of Arizona since 1986, replaces Earl F. Martin, who became dean in July 2005 and stepped down to become Gonzaga’s executive vice president. Law Professor George Critchlow has served as acting dean during the 2009-10 and current academic year.
Curran described Korn as an outstanding and experienced professor and legal scholar, and an established administrator who is thoughtful, kind and fair. Korn earned a bachelor’s degree from Rutgers University and a law degree from the University of Colorado Law School in 1983. She interviewed on campus Nov. 9-12 (2010).
“She is a person who speaks her mind very well, she is articulate and says what she means and means what she says,” Curran said. “She, by reputation, is a very balanced individual with a fair and even temperament; she is very intelligent and very courteous to people. She is a very warm and trusting individual. I think she is going to be a wonderful fit for Gonzaga.”
President McCulloh thanked Curran “for his excellent leadership, coordination and intense efforts in service to this important endeavor,” along with all members of the Search Committee, and Professor Critchlow for serving as acting dean. Korn has received widespread support from numerous constituencies, including the Law School faculty and Search Committee, President McCulloh added.
“We are pleased that Professor Korn has accepted this appointment, confident that she will work constructively with all members of the Law School community, and look forward to welcoming her to Gonzaga this coming summer,” Dr. McCulloh said.
Korn said she looks forward to becoming dean of the Gonzaga School of Law.
“Gonzaga is a school that stands for something, that attracts bright students with a passion for social justice, and I’m delighted to be joining the Gonzaga community,” Korn said. “The faculty is an incredibly committed group of talented teachers and scholars, dedicated to the profoundly important work of educating law students. The staff is equally dedicated and supportive of the mission of the Law School. The School has enjoyed excellent management and stewardship, so we will be able to build on this solid foundation. I look forward to becoming part of the larger Gonzaga family, both alumni and friends, and working together to continue the tradition of excellence.”