Albany law dean will step down when contract ends 2011

After serving as Albany Law School’s dean for nine years, President and Dean Thomas F. Guernsey will step down from his position when his contract ends on June 30, 2011.

Board of Trustees Chair E. Stewart Jones, Jr. has no doubt that Guernsey has been “one of our finest deans.”

“Holding this position has been a great privilege,” Guernsey said. “During my time here, we have all worked together – faculty, students, staff and alumni – to take Albany law to new heights in academic excellence and fiscal stability. My hope is that by letting the Board know of this decision well in advance, the School will have enough time to conduct a comprehensive search for my successor and seamlessly appoint a new leader.”

Guernsey has had several achievements that were all part of his initial vision for the school. He has taken a school with steep financial challenges and transformed it into a financially solid institution. Guernsey has also chosen to enroll a more select, higher-achieving class that has created a smaller student body and a lower faculty to student ratio.

These changes in the school have inspired more alumni to give more than ever before. In addition, 100 percent of the faculty and 76 percent of the staff gave to the school’s Annual Fund last year.

Guerney was named the 16th Dean of Albany Law School in 2002. His research examines issues around evidence, negotiation, trial advocacy and special education law. He earned his B.A. from the University of Michigan, and his J.D. from Wayne State University, and an LL.M. from Temple University School of Law.