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University of Utah Law College Appoints First Female Dean

The University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law will soon host its first female dean in its 106-year history, school officials announced on Monday.

Professor Elizabeth Kronk Warner, who is currently the associate dean of Academic Affairs at the University of Kansas School of Law, has accepted an offer to serve as the next dean of Utah’s law school.

“Kronk Warner is highly regarded as a natural leader and consensus builder who engages deeply, prioritizes both faculty scholarship and student success, and is committed to equity, diversity and inclusion,” Dan Reed, senior vice president for academic affairs, said.

“Her academic background is aligned with the strengths of our law school and her experience in administration, alumni and donor relations, scholarship and community service will help move our outstanding law school to new heights.”

A nationally recognized expert in the intersection of environmental and Indian law, Warner has served as an ex officio member of the University of Kansas’ student Dean’s Diversity Leadership Council and is currently president of the university’s Native Faculty and Staff Council.

She is also the co-chair of the Native American Resources Committee in the American Bar Association.

“[S.J. Quinney College of Law] has done an exceptional job of balancing a commitment to excellent educational opportunities for students at an appropriate cost while also promoting outstanding scholarly work,” Kronk Warner said.

“I look forward to leading the college to even greater success in the coming years.”

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