Albany Law School today announced that President and Dean Thomas F. Guernsey will step down from his position on June 30, 2011, when his contract ends. Guernsey served as the School's Dean for nine years - more than twice the national average length of service for law school deans.
"It is remarkable how much has been accomplished since Dean Guernsey arrived at the Law School," said Board of Trustees Chair E. Stewart Jones, Jr. "Next year, we will mark Albany Law School's 160th anniversary. There is no doubt in my mind that Tom Guernsey will go down in that august history as one of our finest deans."
"Holding this position has been a great privilege," said Guernsey. "During my time here, we have all worked together - faculty, students, staff and alumni - to take Albany Law to new heights in academic excellence and fiscal stability. My hope is that by letting the Board know of this decision well in advance, the School will have enough time to conduct a comprehensive search for my successor and seamlessly appoint a new leader."
Guernsey's most notable achievements, all articulated in his initial vision for the school, include:
His reforms inspired more giving from the alumni than ever before, both in dollar amount and percentage of alumni who gave. Equally telling, 100 percent of the faculty and 76 percent of the staff gave to the school's Annual Fund last year.
Other highlights of his impact on Albany Law School include:
About Dean Guernsey Named the 16th Dean of Albany Law School in 2002, he previously served as dean of Southern Illinois University School of Law. Before that he was associate dean and professor at University of Richmond; the Honorable Abraham L. Freedman Fellow and Lecturer in Law at Temple University School of Law; and instructor of law at Vermont Law School. His research examines issues around evidence, negotiation, trial advocacy and special education law. Recent books he published include three editions of Special Education Law (Carolina Academic Press), which he co-wrote with his wife Kathe Klare, a faculty member at Albany Law School, and Advanced Negotiation and Mediation Theory and Practice: A Realistic Integrated Approach (National Institute for Trial Advocacy, 2005), which he co-wrote with a colleague. New editions of two other books on evidence and trial practice will be published this spring. He earned his B.A. from the University of Michigan, and his J.D. from Wayne State University, and an LL.M. from Temple University School of Law.