New Dean appointed

Douglas Sylvester named dean

Douglas Sylvester
Douglas Sylvester, professor of law and faculty fellow at the Center for Law, Science & Innovation at Arizona State University’s Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, has been named the college’s dean, effective March 26.

Sylvester was named interim dean in May 2011 after serving as associate dean for Faculty Research and Development, a role in which he was responsible for building an environment that fosters faculty scholarship, organizing speaker series, mentoring junior faculty, and seeking innovative ways to increase the faculty's visibility.

During his time as interim dean, the College of Law’s national academic rankings have improved significantly.  According to U.S. News & World Report’s 2013 "Best Law Schools," the quality of ASU’s College of Law improved across the board – in the caliber of students it attracts, the quality of education students receive, its reputation among academic peers, the recognition among judges and lawyers around the country, and its employment track record.

Read the ASU announcement here.