Just fyi, an important institutional announcement:

Susan Westerberg Prager, Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) and former dean of UCLA School of Law, has been named Dean and Chief Executive Officer of Southwestern Law School. Her five-year term will begin in Fall 2013. Already a trailblazer many times over, Prager will be the first woman to serve as dean in the law school’s 100+-year history.

In announcing the appointment, Board Chair Thomas Hoberman said, “The Board considered Dean Prager’s stellar credentials and outstanding national reputation in the legal academy and higher education, her pragmatic and inspired vision for our law school, and the extremely enthusiastic support voiced by members of the Southwestern community. We are delighted that Dean Prager will be joining us this Fall.”

Prager was selected by the Board following an extensive national search led by a committee of trustees, alumni, and faculty members. She will be the 11th dean of the law school, and succeeds Dean Bryant Garth, who stepped down in July 2012 after seven years in the post. Former Vice Dean Austen Parrish has served as Interim Dean since July 2012.

In accepting the appointment, Dean Prager said, “Southwestern is a remarkable place, with a rich tradition of making a difference in the futures of its students. The law school’s innovative and collaborative spirit is part of its DNA. The faculty and countless graduates are committed to helping today’s students contribute to the complex and challenging worlds they will occupy as professionals. I feel privileged to have been asked to lead Southwestern Law School at this challenging and exciting time in legal education.”

The search for Bryant Garth’s successor was chaired by Mike Downer ’81, Vice-Chair of the Southwestern Board of Trustees, and Senior Vice President, Secretary and Chief Legal Officer at Capital Research and Management Company. “Dean Prager has the experience, skills and vision needed to continue building on the terrific momentum Southwestern gained under Dean Garth,” Downer said. “We are thrilled that such a high-caliber individual will lead Southwestern into its second century.”

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