New England dean makes $867k; SMU dean on his way out

It was a Good Week for…

Longevity as a dean, after it was revealed that John O’Brien, dean of New England Law, Boston, earns $867,000 a year, making him one of the highest paid deans in legal academia. O’Brien defended his salary, saying he has “the longest continuous service at a single institution of any law school dean in the country.” But critics were quick to point out that the school’s tuition has increased dramatically in recent years.

It was a Bad week for …

Longevity as a dean, after Southern Methodist University provost Paul Ludden informed John Attanasio, who has been the law school dean for 15 years, that his contract would not be renewed after it expires in May. The University is now looking for a successor, despite the fact that alumni, faculty and financial backers are upset. Several prominent alumni, including two former Texas Supreme Court judges, signed a letter supporting Attanasio. Leslie Ware, a member of the school’s executive board, resigned over not being informed of the decision in advance. Ware donated $1 million to the law school in December.

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