Comments Sought Now Through April 19 for Regular Review of Law Dean Paul Mahoney

April 01, 2013

It is the policy of the provost to conduct a review of deans and senior administrators prior to taking action on reappointment.

Paul Mahoney, dean of the School of Law, is in the fifth year of his deanship. Executive Vice President and Provost John D. Simon has appointed a committee, chaired by George Rutherglen, the John Barbee Minor Distinguished Professor of Law, and Earl K. Shawe, professor of employment law, to conduct the reappointment review for Dean Mahoney.

Other members of the review committee are: Alex Johnson, Kerry Abrams, Anne Sprightley Ryan, Alexandra Aurisch, Jordan McKay, Roger Kimmel, Jason Trujillo and Maurie McInnis.

An important part of the review process is the gathering of opinion from the University’s many constituencies. As such, the review committee is seeking comments about Dean Mahoney’s performance from members of the U.Va. community. All responses will be treated to preserve anonymity. No comments or observations will be attributed to any individual in any report of the committee. Anonymous comments will not be accepted.

The committee invites U.Va. community members to share their thoughts, preferably by email or letter. Those submitting comments should include in their communication the nature of their interactions with Dean Mahoney so that the committee can understand the context of the comments as fully as possible. The committee will discuss responses, and a summary will be included in the written report to the provost.

The charge to the committee poses several questions to be considered as part of the review, including assessments of the following:

-- strategic leadership of the school, including setting priorities for faculty recruitment, retention and promotion; curricular innovation; and international ventures;

-- demonstrated commitment to diversity;

-- effectiveness in fostering both disciplinary and interdisciplinary research and education;

-- effectiveness of communication with faculty and students;

-- administrative competencies, including budgetary development and oversight;

-- relationships with other schools and administrative offices of the University; and  

-- effectiveness in fundraising, including more general development activities such as donor and alumni relations.

Send letters or comments by April 19 to:

George Rutherglen (, School of Law, 580 Massie Road, Charlottesville, VA 22903-1738


Raj Seneviratne (, Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost, P.O. Box 400308, Charlottesville, VA  22904.

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