Haddon named chancellor of Rutgers-Camden

Another former law dean is taking the step up to university management. Phoebe A. Haddon, previously dean at the University of Maryland School of Law, will assume the post of chancellor of Rutgers University-Camden on July 1.

Haddon, who was listed The National Jurist as one of the most influential people in legal education, was appointed dean of the University of Maryland School of Law in 2009, becoming the first African-American dean in the law school’s nearly 200-year history.

In 2011, Haddon was instrumental in securing a $30 million gift from the W.P. Carey Foundation to the law school – the largest in the history of the school and one of the largest in the history of the University System of Maryland. The school was renamed in the family’s honor. Haddon went on to surpass the school’s fundraising goal, securing significant gifts in support of faculty research, academic programs and student scholarships.

Haddon fostered numerous innovations at the law school, including creation of a business law boot camp and a consumer protection law clinic.

Prior to her appointment at the University of Maryland, Haddon was a professor at Temple University’s Beasley School of Law. She taught and led courses in such areas as constitutional law, torts and product liability, as well as seminars in equality and the jury.

Haddon holds a bachelor’s degree from Smith College. She graduated cum laude with a J.D from Duquesne University School of Law, and she earned an LL.M. from Yale Law School.

Michael A. Fitts, who has served as dean of University of Pennsylvania Law School for the past 14 years, was named president of Tulane University earlier in the year. He takes over that position on July 1.

Fitts, whose specializes in administrative law, joined Penn Law as a professor in 1985 and became dean in 2000. Fitts transformed the school’s curriculum, promoting an interdisciplinary and collaborative approach. He was also credited with growing the size of the standing faculty by 40 percent.

Rutgers University-Camden previously announced that Rayman Solomon, dean of the Rutgers School of Law-Camden, assumed the newly created role of provost for the Rutgers-Camden campus in January. In this capacity, he will serve as chief academic officer and will work the Rutgers-Camden’s academic units to ensure that rigorous standards for curriculum and faculty development are achieved.

John Oberdiek, previously vice dean of the school, become acting dean.

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