Dean Phoebe A. Haddon, JD, LLM, announced to faculty at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law June 7 that she has informed University of Maryland, Baltimore President Jay A. Perman, MD, that she will not seek a renewal of her current contract. She plans to step down as dean at the end of the 2013 – 2014 academic year. After a sabbatical to focus on a research project on contemporary challenges in legal education, she will return to the Maryland law faculty and to teaching.
In making her announcement, Haddon expressed appreciation for the support of the law school's faculty, staff, students and alumni, as well as her optimism for the future. "I truly believe that many opportunities lie ahead of us and that this institution is full of talented, committed people to take advantage of them," she says.
Haddon is most widely recognized for her leadership in securing a gift of $30 million to the law school from the W. P. Carey Foundation. The Carey gift is the largest in the School's history, one of the top 10 gifts to any law school, public or private, and one of the largest in the history of the University System of Maryland (USM). The gift was made by the late William Polk Carey and his brother Frank in honor of their grandfather, a Baltimore civic leader and 1880 alumnus. The school was renamed the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law in his honor. The first $15 million of the Carey gift was a capstone to the law school's successful Making an Impact campaign, which Dean Haddon brought to completion in 2011, exceeding its $50 million goal with more than $69 million raised.
In sharing the news with the campus community, President Perman said, "Dean Haddon's leadership in securing this transformative naming gift will leave a mark on the legal profession and this university for generations to come. Dean Haddon is a deeply thoughtful leader and a staunch advocate for legal education. She has taught me much on these issues and I have deeply valued her counsel."
The Carey gift and Making an Impact campaign greatly increased support for faculty research and scholarship, providing critical new resources to recruit and retain an outstanding law faculty. "Dean Haddon is deeply committed to the scholarly enterprise and the faculty's important role in analyzing and improving law and public policy," said Michael Van Alstine, JD, MJurComp, DrJur, professor of law, who chaired the search committee that had recruited Dean Haddon.
During her tenure, Haddon increased scholarships for students and worked to limit tuition increases.