Open forums set with SIU School of Law Dean Finalists

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Open forums set with SIU School of Law Dean Finalists

Open forums set with SIU School of Law Dean Finalists

November 19, 2019

Five candidates for dean of the SIU School of Law at Southern Illinois University Carbondale will meet with constituents during a series of forums beginning next week.

The candidates, in alphabetical order, are:

  • Peter C. Alexander, visiting professor and interim associate dean for academic affairs, University of North Texas at Dallas College of Law.
  • Christopher W. Behan, professor of law, SIU School of Law.
  • Cindy Galway Buys, interim dean, SIU School of Law.
  • Camille M. Davidson, adjunct professor of law, Wake Forest University School of Law.
  • Brian R. Gallini, director of distance learning initiatives, University of Arkansas School of Law.

Open forums start on Tuesday

During their respective forums, the candidates will discuss their vision for the law school. The individual forums will each be in the Hiram H. Lesar Law Building courtroom, Room 108. A Q&A will follow each of the presentations.  The forums give university students, staff and faculty an opportunity to meet with the candidates and ask questions about their proposed approaches to the position. The open forums are in conjunction with each of the candidates’ interviews.  

In addition to the open forums, each candidate will spend time at the law school meeting with faculty, staff and students. 

The open forum schedule is: 

  • Tuesday, Nov. 19 – 12:30-1:30 p.m. – Peter Alexander
  • Nov. 22 – 12:30-1:30 p.m. – Brian Gallini.
  • Dec. 2 – 12:30-1:30 p.m. – Camille Davidson.
  • Dec. 3 – 12:30-1:30 p.m. – Cindy Buys
  • Dec. 5 – 12:30-1:30 p.m. – Christopher Behan 

Dean has numerous responsibilities 

The dean is the chief academic and administrative officer for the School of Law and reports to the Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs.

The dean works with the faculty and staff in the development and maintenance of the School of Law’s programs and policies and is responsible for its academic program, fiscal management, personnel, external relations, recruitment and retention, among other areas. Each candidate must have an outstanding record as a teacher and scholar and a strong record of academic leadership and administrative experience.

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