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Former Dean in Running to Lead University

DavidHall The former dean of Northeastern University School of Law in Boston and former provost of Northeastern University is one of two finalists under consideration to become president of the University of the Virgin Islands. David Hall, now a professor of law at Northeastern, is one of two top candidates from a field of more than 70 under consideration to lead the university, which has campuses on the islands of St. Thomas and St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Hall will visit the territory this week to be interviewed by the university's trustees and to participate in a series of public forums with students, faculty and staff, and community members, according to a report in the Virgin Islands Daily News. The other finalist for the job is Calvin Jamison, vice president for business affairs at the University of Texas at Dallas.

Hall has taught law at Northeastern since 1985. He served as the law school's dean from 1993 to 1998. In 1997, he was named Outstanding Dean of the Year by the National Association of Public Interest Lawyers. He then spent four years as provost and senior vice president of academic affairs for Northeastern University. Earlier in his career, he taught law at the University of Oklahoma School of Law and the University of Mississippi School of Law and was an attorney in the Chicago office of the Federal Trade Commission. He received his law degree at the University of Oklahoma and went on to earn an LL.M. degree and a doctorate of juridical science from Harvard Law School.

At Northeastern, his areas of focus are civil rights, legal education, social justice and the interplay of law and spirituality. He explored the latter topic in his 2005 book, The Spiritual Revitalization of the Legal Profession: A Search for Sacred Rivers. He is on the board of directors of the Legal Services Corporation, to which he was appointed by President Bush in 2003. As an undergrad at Kansas State, he was an all-American basketball player and later played professionally in Italy. Northeastern's loss would be UVI's gain.

Posted by Robert J. Ambrogi on January 26, 2009 at 11:11 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)


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