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IU McKinney School of Law dean to retire in June 2013


July 17, 2012

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Gary R. Roberts, dean of the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law on the IUPUI campus, will retire as dean of the school on June 30, 2013, IUPUI Chancellor Charles Bantz has announced. Roberts will remain on the law school faculty after his retirement as dean.

Roberts, who joined the school as dean in July 2007, has overseen a dramatic transformation at the law school, the most visible sign of which was the $24 million naming gift in December by Indianapolis business leader Bob McKinney, which resulted in the establishment of five endowed chairs and a $17.5 million scholarship endowment for the school.

“Gary Roberts assumed leadership of a financially sound school and further strengthened it through his energy, determination and work ethic,” Bantz said. “Gary’s efforts have raised awareness of the vital contributions the McKinney School’s graduates continue to make, especially in Indiana, and he will leave the school well positioned to confront the challenges facing legal education in the future.”

Roberts, a national expert in sports law, joined the McKinney School from the Tulane University Law School, where he was on the faculty for 24 years and where he served as deputy dean from 2001 to 2007. He earned his law degree from Stanford University, graduating at the top of his class.

In addition to the naming gift secured during his tenure, Roberts also has strengthened the school in a number of other ways. He led the effort to create a strategic plan for the school and worked with the faculty to adopt or rewrite the Faculty Constitution and Bylaws, the Student Bar Association Constitution, the Student Honor Code and the procedures for exam administration. He has overseen the addition of 15 faculty members to the school and a doubling of the student financial aid budget, which has been crucial to the school's effort to attract talented students.

He also has grown key international partnerships with the law school at Renmin University in Beijing, the law school at Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou, China, and the McKinney School’s renowned LLM Program in Cairo, Egypt, which has graduated 203 students in the past four years.

“Gary has made significant contributions to the school, and I am delighted he has decided to remain as a faculty member after his retirement as dean,” Bantz said.

A search for Roberts’ successor will begin immediately.