Paul L. Caron

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Provost Removes Cincinnati Law School Dean Less Than Two Years Into Her Five-Year Term

UC BardFollowing up on my previous posts:

From: Landgren, Peter (landgrpe)
Sent: Wednesday, March 22, 2017 4:24 PM
Subject: College of Law Leadership

Dear College of Law Community,

After much deliberation and after many conversations with the dean and many of you who are part of the College of Law community, I have met with Dean Jennifer Bard today and taken steps to place her on administrative leave effective immediately.

The goal of this leave is to allow me time to solidify a transition plan for the College of Law. We have arrived at this point in time after much consideration. This decision is precipitated by a thorough evaluative process that involved in large part the College of Law community. I will work with the dean to develop a thoughtful transition plan in an expeditious timeframe.

While Dean Bard is on leave, I will ask senior faculty to step into transitional leadership roles to help with day-to-day operations both internal and external to the college.

I will also make myself available to the college and will plan to meet with faculty and staff of the College of Law community as soon as possible.

Please know that the needs of the college and the outstanding education we provide our students are my highest priorities in this time of transition and beyond.


Peter E. Landgren
Interim Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost
Office of the Provost
University of Cincinnati
(513) 556-2588

See also Above the Law, Dean Increases Rankings, Drama At Law School


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“…the disaffected group of tenured law professors worked to exploit this leadership vacuum to preserve the status quo, derail the progress I have achieved and try to push me out of the dean's position...”

Anyone else find it odd that a dean with the goal of “restoring mutual trust and respect” would make statements like this to the media about the faculty while still acting as dean? Doesn’t seem like a great place to start.

Posted by: LcyB | Mar 24, 2017 10:35:22 AM

Yes, and it also happens to terrible leaders, regardless of their gender.

Posted by: AnonProf | Mar 23, 2017 11:39:29 AM

Spot on as to each comment. They wouldn't have done things this way to a man. To the extent they deny it, I'll say simply that they're in denial. This is shameful.

Posted by: Gordon M. Strauss | Mar 23, 2017 10:10:09 AM

This sort of thing happens to female Deans - and CEOs, etc. - quite often.

Posted by: Jpd | Mar 23, 2017 9:23:27 AM

Mid-semester! I thought that didn't happen unless a dean was indicted. Maybe that will be tomorrow's announcement.

Posted by: Eric Rasmusen | Mar 23, 2017 7:26:35 AM

So much for the 6 month plan. Didn't even last 6 days. Law schools blow all this smoke about mediation and compromise, but they are the absolute worst at it. Even the most miniscule problems escalate to the highest extreme.

Perhaps Dean Bard did something truly alarming that we didn't know about, but I am willing to bet this was just about faculty discontent over very necessary budget cuts. In fact, I bet the faculty were pissed that she wasn't raising tuition to the level of peer schools before resorting to budget cuts.

Posted by: JM | Mar 23, 2017 6:14:02 AM