Florida State Law Dean Announces Retirement
The dean of Florida State University’s College of Law, Donald J. Weidner, has announced his retirement effective June 2016. Weidner has served as dean since 1991, including his two years as interim dean from 1998-2000. Having joined the faculty at Florida State Law in 1976, Weidner plans to remain a member of the full-time faculty even after his retirement as dean.
“For decades, this law school and university have been wonderful to me,” Weidner said in a statement. “It is a great honor to be part of an institution that is both extremely productive and warmly collegial.”
Weidner’s career is both long and full of various accomplishments. Under his leadership as dean, the law school is now recognized as one of the country’s best when it comes to job placement. While dean, he helped to increase the annual giving rate from alumni community by approximately 500 percent, placing it among the 10 best law schools relative to alumni giving rates.
“A comprehensive search committee will be formed in early fall to seek Dean Weidner’s successor as dean, which will be quite a difficult task given the College of Law’s great successes and advancements under Dean Weidner’s leadership,” said Interim Provost Sally McRorie in a statement.
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