FINALLY, an email to alumni is released. Though it largely mirrors the email Dean Testy sent out herself:
As you are valued members of the Seattle University School of Law community, I wanted to write immediately to share the news that Dean Kellye Y. Testy has accepted the position of Dean and Mifflin University Professor of Law at the University of Washington School of Law, effective September 2009. A beloved member of the faculty and dean, she has provided inspirational teaching and leadership to hundreds of alumni over the past seventeen years at Seattle University School of Law. We greatly appreciate her service to our law school and wish her the best in her new endeavor.
Thanks to each of you, Seattle University School of Law enjoys unprecedented success, both regionally and nationally. The strong support of alumni, who continue to contribute to the school, its students and programs in so many meaningful ways, has helped us reach new heights and extended recognition. Today we are ranked among the nation’s top law schools, noted for our commitment to academic excellence and education for justice, as reflected in our outstanding faculty teacher-scholars; our #1-ranked Legal Writing Program; and our clinics and institutes, including the newly launched Fred T. Korematsu Center for Law and Equality.
Now a community of more than 9,000 alumni, you have helped shape and propel this law school, creating a buzz locally and regionally in addition to growing visibility throughout the U.S. and the world. For this and more, we are extremely grateful as we turn to you for your good counsel, advocacy and support in recruiting a new dean to lead and continue the school’s upward trajectory.
We will keep you apprised as an interim dean and selection committee are named. With plans to appoint a new dean to be in place by July 2010, a national search will begin immediately.
Please know how very much we value and appreciate our alumni community. We were thrilled to see many of you at Alumni Weekend, April 24-25, and hope that you will remain connected, increasingly active and engaged.
With warm best wishes,
Director of Alumni Relations