The Arizona Desert Lamp

Privately funded, publicly provided: New Dean edition

Posted in Campus, Politics by Connor Mendenhall on 6 April 2009

According to the Arizona Daily Star, Lawrence Ponoroff, the new Dean of the James E. Rogers College of Law, will make private support for the public college a priority of his tenure. From the article:

New UA law school dean Lawrence Ponoroff will strive to increase the number of scholarships, faculty members and programs supported by private donations, a challenge he’s looking forward to in the face of an economic recession.

Ponoroff, whom University of Arizona officials named dean of the James E. Rogers College of Law on Thursday, said that with a recent renovation to the law school complete, he’ll focus on enriching the classroom experience and the law school’s prestige.

“It is no secret that a critical priority for any law school today, public or private, is to generate excitement into the institution that will translate into investments,” said Ponoroff, who currently serves as dean of Tulane University’s law school.

“I think that priority at the UA is to generate resources to support faculty, students and academic programs.

Dean Ponoroff knows well the dangers of putting too much faith in help from the government during tough times: he was part of the team that reopened Tulane after hurricane Katrina. Here’s hoping his plans are a success–and serve as an example for the rest of the university.

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  1. Ben Kalafut said, on 6 April 2009 at 11:58 am

    A one, a two, a helluva hullabaloo…

    Ok, I won’t give Ponoroff the Hullabaloo Cheer, but I thought the name sounded familiar. Don’t recall there being any major gripes about him, but then again, I wasn’t in the law school.


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