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By Stephanie Cesca
Western will be welcoming a new dean to the faculty of law this summer.
Ian Holloway, the present associate dean of law at the Australian National University in Canberra, will take over the position as of July 1, said Greg Moran, Western's VP-academic.
Holloway has a long list of credentials, including a BSc in science, a bachelor of law, a master of laws and a PhD.
The new dean was chosen in February by a selection committee and then approved by Western's Board of Governors on Thursday, Moran explained.
Choosing the new dean took quite a bit of time, Moran said. "It is an extensive process. The selection committee met for the better part of last year," he said.
Moran said Western sought to pick an exemplary dean. "This is a very important position. We look for different things." Moran said, however, the essential qualifications could be broken down into three major categories.
Firstly, Moran said a dean of Western's law school must have already established himself as a scholar, having conducted much legal research. Secondly, a dean must have great commitment and knowledge of the education system. Finally, Moran said experience in administrative work was an essential credential as well. "Dr. Holloway is an award winning leader," he said.
"I'm really excited about moving home again because I'm a Canadian," Holloway said. "I'm also particularly excited about going to Western because I think Western more than any other law school is situated to become a real leader in legal education in the future."
Holloway said he came to Western with the outlook of how he would like to see the law school progress in years to come. He explained he wanted to attract more students from every province and territory and improve the exchange program. "I also want, as well, to enhance what the law school calls the 'core curriculum.'"
Albert Oosterhoff, the acting dean of the faculty of law, said the previous dean, Eileen Gillese, left last year after being appointed as a judge. Oosterhoff had been the acting dean since February of last year.
Oosterhoff said he had the pleasure of meeting Holloway and that he brings a wealth of experience to the position. "I think that today any faculty dean needs someone who is a sound academic, but also someone who has a sense of working with people."
Michael Rubinoff, president of Western's Legal Society, said he met Holloway last September. "This is a wonderful addition to the law school. Dr. Holloway brings an enthusiasm, an energy and a global perspective to the law school."
Rubinoff added the entire faculty is very excited and said Holloway will bring a high international profile to Western's law school.