Kellye Testy, University of Washington School of Law

Testy made the move across town from her post as dean at Seattle University, a job she held since 2005. Testy is the first female dean of the UW School of Law in the 110-year history of the school. She joined Seattle University in 1992 as a professor, and taught in a variety of legal disciplines. Under her leadership, Seattle University’s U.S. News & World Report rankings rose to 77th in the nation. UW began its dean search after former dean W.H “Joe” Knight Jr., announced in January 2007 he was returning to the teaching faculty after an internal feud over his management style.