Dean, Claude W. Pettit College of Law


Claude W. Pettit College of Law  

Ohio Northern University

Ada, Ohio

Ohio Northern University (“ONU”) seeks an exceptional individual to serve as the next dean (the “Dean”) of the Claude W. Pettit College of Law (“ONU Law”). Founded in 1885, ONU Law provides a distinctive law school experience. The favorable student to faculty ratio allows for each student to build relationships with members of the faculty. ONU Law has consistently strong bar passage and employment statistics and a curriculum that melds theory with practice. Reporting to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at ONU, the Dean serves as the principal academic and administrative officer for ONU Law.

ONU Law is known for the faculty’s commitment to building strong relationships with students and for preparing graduates to practice law. The school has produced many generations of graduates throughout the country, and it has had a deep and lasting impact on the practice of law in Ohio. Attorneys, judges and many elected officials at the local, state and national levels are ONU Law graduates, forming a strong network of more than 5,200 alumni practicing in all 50 states and abroad, creating a rich resource for the school and its students. A key strength of the school is the caliber of its faculty, and the quality of its academic culture. Many faculty are top experts in their specialty, with training and experience from leading academic institutions. They come to ONU Law because of the strength of this community, the rich teaching environment, and the promise of a splendid setting in which to raise a family.

ONU Law seeks an experienced leader with a demonstrated, deep understanding of legal education and the pedagogical and economic challenges presently facing law schools. The exemplary candidate will be an excellent scholar with academic credentials appropriate for a tenured appointment at the rank of professor, an accomplished administrator inspired by pioneering and interdisciplinary education, and a colleague committed to joining and supporting a diverse and inclusive law school community. Promising candidates should have the aptitude and willingness to spearhead significant efforts in strengthening ONU Law’s enrollment. The next dean of ONU Law will have the opportunity to creatively shape and lead ONU Law’s agenda for the future.

The Provost and Vice-President of Academic Affairs at ONU, Dr. Maria L. Cronley, has appointed and charged a ten-member search committee composed of faculty and administrators, and chaired by her, to review application materials and vet the candidates. ONU has retained Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search consulting firm, to assist in the search. Review of candidates will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Nominations, inquiries, and applications, including a letter of interest describing the individual’s qualifications for the position and curriculum vitae, should be sent in confidence to:

Tim McFeeley or Talik N. Watson

Isaacson, Miller

1300 19th Street, NW, Suite 700

Washington, DC 20036

Apply via the website:

Telephone: 202-682-1504

Electronic submission of materials is strongly encouraged.

Ohio Northern University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. Ohio Northern University does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, national or ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, or disability.