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Release: April 11, 2002

Dean of College of Law N. William Hines Will Retire In 2004

N. William Hines, dean of the University of Iowa College of Law and the longest-serving current law school dean in the country, has announced he will retire as dean following the 2003-04 academic year.

Hines' intentions to retire as dean were announced at the Board of Regents, State of Iowa meeting in Cedar Falls Thursday. A search committee to seek a new dean has been appointed and will launch a nationwide search for a replacement this summer.

Hines became dean of the law school in 1976 and his 28-year tenure will be the longest in the school's nearly 140-year history. A graduate of the University of Kansas Law School, Hines came to Iowa as assistant professor of law and director of the Agricultural Law Center in 1962. He was appointed Joseph F. Rosenfeld Professor of Law in 1973.

"It has been an enormous pleasure to serve the University of Iowa as its law dean since 1976, and I owe a great debt of gratitude to all the faculty, students, alumni, fellow administrators and bar leaders who have made my long tenure as dean so interesting, gratifying and enjoyable," said Hines, who will continue to teach as a full-time faculty member following his retirement as dean.

"The University of Iowa College of Law has earned a national reputation for excellence, and much of that can be attributed directly to Dean Hines' vision, leadership and hard work," said UI President David Skorton. "It will be a great challenge for us to find a new leader to fill the dean's shoes, but our search will be made much easier because he's helped the College of Law attain such prominence."

Willard "Sandy" Boyd, a professor of law, director of the law school's Iowa Nonprofit Resource Center and former UI president, said the law school will be losing a dynamic leader and forceful advocate.

"He has been articulate about the vision and mission of the law school, supportive of the faculty, and open as a leader," said Boyd, who was on the law school faculty that recommended Hines' appointment in 1962 and was UI president when he was named dean in 1976. "On top of that, he's been a great and wonderful friend."

During Hines' tenure as dean, the law school's faculty doubled to more than 50, and the number of women and minorities represented increased significantly. The number of minority faculty members increased from zero to seven, while the number of women increased from two to 18. Similarly, the number of women and minorities represented in the student body increased dramatically.

Other improvements include an increase in the college's endowment from $1 million to $50 million and the publication of three new student-edited law journals, bringing the total to four. The law library also grew to more than 1 million volumes, becoming the largest public university law library in the country,

In addition, the College of Law moved from its former home in what is now the International Center to the Boyd Law Building, for which Hines led the planning, lobbying and fundraising efforts. Planning for the new building began in 1980; the Iowa legislature funded the project in 1983; and the first classes were held in 1986.

Hines was also instrumental in the successful completion of the college's first endowment campaign in 30 years. The Iowa Law School Endowment Campaign for the 21st Century ended in 2002 after raising $32.8 million for the college.

Among the school's notable graduates during Hines' deanship have been Norm Coleman, now a U.S. Senator from Minnesota; Colleen Rowley, an FBI agent who was named Time magazine's Person of the Year in 2002; Michael Sandler, co-manager of the highly regarded Clipper Fund mutual fund; and Carroll Reasoner, the first and only woman president of the Iowa State Bar Association.

Hines is an active senior athletic competitor playing tennis and basketball, an avid fisherman, and a long-time fan of Hawkeye sports teams. His legal expertise is focused on agricultural law, real estate, environmental law and natural resources management.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Service, 300 Plaza Centre One, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

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