Leadership in Legal Education Symposium Iii: The Dean as Crisis Manager

10 Pages Posted: 10 Aug 2006  

John E. Montgomery

University of South Carolina - School of Law

Abstract

This article discusses some of the issues which confront a dean in a major crisis and offers some observations on getting both the law school and the dean through with minimal damage. Crisis management is not part of a dean's usual job description. Yet major crises—unanticipated events with significant media coverage and with the potential to damage both the law school and the dean—occur more frequently than commonly assumed. My own cursory survey suggests that any dean in a typical five-year term has about a fifteen percent chance of encountering a major problem. When such events do occur, any stereotypic notions of a dean as an ivory tower administrator safely removed from the slings and arrows of the real world quickly evaporate. This article defines what constitutes a major crisis and how to handle them.

Keywords: leadership, legal education, symposium, dean, crisis manager, law school, U. S. News

JEL Classification: K00

Suggested Citation

Montgomery, John E., Leadership in Legal Education Symposium Iii: The Dean as Crisis Manager. University of Toledo Law Review, Vol. 34, 2002. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=923385

John E. Montgomery (Contact Author)

University of South Carolina - School of Law ( email )

Main & Greene Streets
Columbia, SC 29208
United States

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