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Taking the Reins

Written by SU Staff
July 1, 2013

A new era began July 1 as two SU schools welcomed new leaders. Professor Annette Clark, left, began as dean of the School of Law and Deanna Sands, right, took over as dean of the College of Education.

A highly accomplished scholar, teacher and administrator, Clark is the first graduate of the law school to serve as its dean. Clark has a keen understanding of the challenges and possibilities facing legal education today, President Stephen Sundborg, S.J., said in announcing her appointment.

"Her talent, experience, and longstanding commitment to the university convinced her colleagues at the School of Law, alumni, other university officials and me that she was the clear first choice and a national search was unnecessary," Sundborg said. "I am particularly proud that a graduate of our law school will serve as its next dean - a first for the school."

Along with her teaching and scholarly activities, Clark previously served in a number of leadership positions including as associate dean for academic affairs, vice dean and interim dean. After a year as dean at St. Louis University School of Law, she returned to Seattle University's faculty last fall.

Clark, who also holds an M.D., was the 2008-09 James B. McGoldrick Fellow, which is awarded to a faculty member or administrator who best exemplifies a commitment to students and to the values of a Jesuit education. She received the Seattle Journal for Social Justice Faculty Award in 2005, the Dean's Medal the following year and the Outstanding Faculty Award in 2007 and 2011. She teaches and writes in the areas of medical liability, bioethics and legal education and is a frequent national and local lecturer on these topics. She is a respected health law scholar nationally and has published articles in the New York University Law Review, the Georgetown Law Journal, and the Tulane Law Review, among others.

Sands comes to SU from the University of Colorado Denver, where she served as professor and associate dean of research and professional learning in the School of Education and Human Development. "(She) brings to Seattle University a distinguished career as a teacher, scholar and administrative leader and comes from a university that shares our commitment to educating the whole person," said President Sundborg.

Deeply dedicated to diversity and inclusive education, Sands has devoted much of her career to enhancing educational opportunities for people with disabilities. An active and prolific scholar, her research has been supported by grants from such esteemed entities as the Institute of Education Sciences and the National Science Foundation.

As associate dean, Sands expanded UC Denver's collaborative research with community partners, enhanced faculty mentorship initiatives, forged ongoing partnerships with school districts and led the school's doctoral faculty through the development of a new Doctorate of Education program in Leadership for Educational Equity. In 2011 she served as interim dean of the School of Education and Human Development.