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University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law

Utah Law School Elects First Female Dean

The University of Utah’s S.J. Quinney College of Law made news this week.

Elizabeth Kronk Warner will be the law school’s first female dean since the college opened its doors 106 years ago, The Salt Lake Tribune reports.

“I am impressed with the S.J. Quinney College of Law’s strong reputation for scholarly excellence, commitment to students and record of community engagement,” said Kronk Warner says in a press release.

A Background in Leadership

Kronk Warner has an accomplished history in leading law schools.

She joined the University of Kansas in 2012 as director of the Tribal Law and Government Center. In 2015, she was appointed associate dean and oversaw operational issues as well as coordinating admissions, career services, and administration of 12 joint degree and eight certificate programs, according to the University of Utah. Kronk Warner is currently responsible for academic compliance and student affairs at the school, where she serves as associate dean of Academic Affairs.

In addition to her dean role, Kronk Warner is also an expert of environmental and Native American law, having taught courses in in property, Indian, environmental and natural resources law. She has 40 articles and book chapters under her name and serves as an appellate judge for the tribe and district judge for the Prairie Band Potawatomi Tribe.

“Kronk Warner is highly regarded as a natural leader and consensus builder who engages deeply, prioritizes both faculty scholarship and student success, and is committed to equity, diversity and inclusion,” says Dan Reed, the University of Utah’s Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs. “Her academic background is aligned with the strengths of our law school and her experience in administration, alumni and donor relations, scholarship and community service will help move our outstanding law school to new heights.”

She will officially begin her position as dean on July 1.

Sources: The Salt Lake Tribune, University of Utah