Albany Law School has named Troy Riddle as the school’s Assistant Dean for Diversity and Inclusion, a newly created position intended to further promote a campus-wide culture of inclusion among the students, faculty, staff, and alumni.
“Dean Riddle will be a great asset to our community,” said President & Dean Alicia Ouellette. “His expertise as an educator and resource will help our increasingly diverse population continue to thrive as an inclusive community. We feel confident that Dean Riddle is the right person to help us create a community in which people of all backgrounds feel welcome and included.”
“Albany Law School has been working on various programs and initiatives in support of its commitment to diversity and inclusion,” said Rosemary Queenan, Associate Dean for Student Affairs. “I look forward to continuing this work with Dean Riddle, whose expertise and success at other institutions will be extremely valuable in continuing to support an inclusive learning environment.”
Previously, Riddle served as Assistant Dean of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at the John Marshall Law School, Chicago; before that he worked at the Widener University Delaware Law School, Wilmington. He has a J.D. from Widener, and an M.B.A. from Philadelphia University. He received the 2017-2018 Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA) Diversity Leadership Award, and is a frequent speaker in the area of diversity, recently delivering the keynote speech at the 2017 National Diversity Prelaw Conference.
He will work closely with the deans, faculty, staff, and students to ensure that the diversity-related goals are reached and the law school experience is enhanced for all students.
The Law School was recently awarded the CLEO Edge award for its “outstanding contributions in the field of greater equality,” from the Council on Legal Education Opportunity, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. The Edge awards honor individuals and organizations “that have contributed to education, diversity, and greater equality in the legal profession.”
“We are proud of the diverse range of students in our entering class,” said Amy Mangione, Assistant Dean of Admissions. “We look forward to Dean Riddle’s leadership in the areas of minority outreach, recruitment, and retention, as we work together to continue building a diverse and dynamic law school community.”
The creation—and hiring—of the new position reflects a commitment to the School’s strategic plan, that calls for the School to “attract and retain a talented and diverse pool of students who are engaged learners prepared to succeed in today's complex and changing world.”