Friday, June 19, 2009
In this email sent to the DePaul College of Law community yesterday, Provost Epp announced that he was "immediately" firing Dean Glen Weissenberger, who on July 1, 2007 was reappointed to a second five-year term:
I write today to inform you that there will be a change in leadership at the College of Law effective immediately. At my recommendation, the president and I have removed Glen Weissenberger as dean and hired a new interim dean who will be announced soon.
I can assure you that this decision, which is being made in the best interests of our students and the College of Law, was made only after long and careful thought and consideration. I respect all you have accomplished under Glen's leadership. However, the working relationship between the dean and the administration had deteriorated to the point where it had become difficult to accomplish the college's work, hence my recommendation to the president for this action.
Glen sent this email to the DePaul community, explaining that his termination was based on this letter he sent to the ABA's Consultant on Legal Education, which details a dispute over the university's compliance with an agreement that the law school would be permitted to retain 75% of the tuition paid by law students:
First, Julie and I are doing fine. After surviving cancer, this is nothing!
Second, I want to assure you that I was not terminated for any wrong doing of any kind. My termination was based specifically on a letter I sent to the ABA supplementing information which the ABA already received. I was told by the ABA that I had a duty to submit this information immediately because the Accreditation Committee is meeting next week. I gave notice to the University that I would be filing the separate letter. I am attaching a copy of the letter, because it is part of the record in our ABA accreditation process.
- ABA Journal: DePaul Dean Is Removed, Wasn’t in Synch with Administration, Spokeswoman Says
- Above the Law: DePaul College of Law Dean Ousted
- Faculty Letter in Support of Dean Weissenberger
- Leiter's Law School Reports: DePaul Provost Ousts Law Dean Without Consulting Faculty, Plans to Appoint an Outsider as Interim Dean
- Petition for the Reinstatement of Dean Weissenberger
- Student Letter in Support of Dean Weissenberger
- Wall Street Journal Law Blog: What’s Going on at DePaul Law?