Board honors Law dean
Board of Visitors
honored the dean of the University's School
of Law April 14 by establishing the Robert E. Scott Distinguished
Professorship in Law, bringing the total number of endowed professorships
to 427. The chair was made possible by an outpouring of support
from some 250 of Scott's colleagues on the faculty, former students,
and other alumni and friends of the school, who together committed
$1.9 million for the professorship.
law faculty on hand for the announcement was Paul Mahoney, who
praised Scott's contributions to the school. "He is widely
known as America's best law school dean, for his leadership, vision
and ability to build consensus and create a sense of optimism
and progress," he said. The resounding show of support, Mahoney
added, "was a measure of how strongly the faculty felt about
the improvements Bob has made at the Law School and in all of
member of the law faculty since 1974, Scott became dean in 1991.
He currently holds both the Lewis F. Powell Jr. and the Arnold
H. Leon law professorships.
ranked among the nation's top 10 law schools, the Law School has
advanced in many areas under Scott's leadership, most visibly
in the expansion and renovation of its facilities. The law grounds
project was one of the major goals in the school's successful
fund-raising campaign, which to date has raised $135 million under
son of Methodist missionaries, Scott was born in India, where
he lived until he was 11. He is a graduate of Oberlin College
and William & Mary Law School and is a nationally recognized scholar
and teacher in the fields of contracts, bankruptcy and commercial
transactions. In 1999, he was elected a fellow of the American
Academy of Arts & Sciences.
chair was renamed to recognize a U.Va. leader in the Health System.
The Distinguished Professorship in Neurosurgery will now be the
John A. Jane Professorship in Neurosurgery after Dr. Jane, who
chairs the department.