The following is the email that was sent to current students of the law school (but not alumni):
At this very exciting and busy time of year, I write to give you some bittersweet news. I will be stepping down as your dean this summer and have agreed to become the next dean at the University of Washington School of Law, effective Sept. 1. While I look forward to the challenge of leading a public institution in these times, it will be difficult for me to leave the law school and the students I am so fond of. I am so proud of the accomplishments of the outstanding students – and future alumni – of Seattle University School of Law. I commend you for your hard work and accomplishments and also thank you for your support. I look forward to celebrating with the Class of 2009 this weekend, and will follow your future success with keen interest.
This is an opportune time for the School of Law to recruit its next dean, having steadily risen in rankings and reputation, and being increasingly known for its outstanding faculty and programs and its commitment to academic excellence and education for justice. I am confident the School of Law is in good hands and will continue to excel under new leadership.
The University will move swiftly to appoint an interim dean and convene a national search for a permanent dean. You will be kept apprised of those developments.
My best wishes to you all, good luck with your summer activities, and please continue to know that you have my strong support if I can assist you as your career develops.