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Dean of the Graduate School
Vermont Law School

Date Posted Dec. 7, 2022
Title Dean of the Graduate School
University Vermont Law School
South Royalton, VT, United States
Department Graduate School
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Dean
  • Law - General

Dean of the Graduate School

Vermont Law and Graduate School(VLGS), a top-ranked school dedicated to the study and advancement of progress at the intersection of environmental protection and social justice, seeks an entrepreneurial, innovative, nimble leader to serve as the Inaugural Dean of the Graduate School. VLGS invites inquiries, nominations and expressions of interest for this role.

Deeply committed to the most fundamental values of a decent society—respect for human dignity, autonomy and the rule of law—the graduate school provides professionals with the policy skills to lead society forward for the betterment of the future of humankind.

Consistently ranked among the nation's best environmental law schools by U.S. News & World Report, Vermont Law and Graduate School is home to the most comprehensive environmental law program in the country. The school's groundbreaking programs in restorative justice, clean energy and food and agricultural law prepare students to take the lead in solving the world's most complex and significant problems.

The successful candidate will serve as the first Dean of the Graduate School and will have the opportunity to champion a graduate school representative of and responsive to the historical commitments and identities of the Vermont Law School and the Vermont School of Environment which, along with the Graduate School, form the renamed Vermont Law and Graduate School. The Dean is expected to work collaboratively with the VLGS community to forge the identity of the Graduate School, ideate around and develop new programs, and establish a graduate school that is not only responsive but also forward-thinking as it considers how its students can respond to the critical needs of the world. The successful candidate will be a pioneering and entrepreneurial leader who is deeply committed to social justice.

Located in South Royalton, Vermont, the VLGS community is one of deep caring and collaboration. Faculty, staff, students, and administrators work together to continually enhance and grow the unique identity of VLGS while also seeking increased ways to engage with their surrounding community. VLGS's in-person, hybrid and online curricula meet students' desires and needs to pursue their degrees in a variety of situations.

This is a tremendous opportunity to shape the Graduate school's path to the future. The Dean will set the school's academic and cultural tone and content. The Dean will face the invigorating challenge of simultaneously forging a new identity for the Graduate School while supporting the academic reputation of Vermont Law and Graduate School as a whole. On the brink of something groundbreaking and globally necessary, the Dean will step into a purposeful, mission-driven school that is headed in the right direction thanks to the dedication and ambition of those who fill its halls and the benefactors who share the same dreams and aspirations. The opportunities for the next Dean will be to build the school's enrollment, thoughtfully and strategically expand its degrees and curricula, and be a collaborative thought and action partner with the president, Deans of the Schools of Law and the Environment as well as the campus broadly. The next Dean must place social equity as a through-line that fundamentally informs their leadership and decisions.

All applications, nominations and inquiries are invited. Applications should include, as separate documents, a CV or resume and a letter of interest addressing the themes in the profile available at

WittKieffer is assisting Vermont Law and Graduate School in this search. For highest consideration, please submit materials by the priority application date of January 31, 2023.

Application materials should be submitted using WittKieffer's candidate portal. Nominations and inquiries can be directed to:

Sandra Chu and Sarah Seavey

Vermont Law and Graduate School is committed to promoting an employment and educational environment free from unlawful harassment, sexual harassment, discrimination, and retaliation. Unlawful harassment or discrimination on the basis of age, race, color, creed, ethnicity, national origin, place of birth, ancestry, religion, sex/gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, marital status of students, service in the armed forces of the United States, HIV-positive status, genetic information, or against qualified individuals with disabilities on the basis of disability, as defined by applicable law, or other characteristics as defined and protected by applicable law ("protected characteristics") is prohibited and will not be tolerated. In compliance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 ("Title IX") and applicable state law, Vermont Law and Graduate School does not discriminate on the basis of sex in its education programs and activities or in employment, and it is required by Title IX to not discriminate on that basis. The Law School will take all necessary steps to end conduct prohibited by this policy, to prevent its recurrence, and to address its effects.


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