Vermont Law School announces new president
SOUTH ROYALTON, Vt. (WCAX) - The Vermont Law School Thursday announced the hiring of its next president.
Rodney Smolla, who previously served as the dean and a professor at Delaware Law School of Widener University, will become VLS’ president on July 1.
A first-generation college student, Smolla received his JD from Duke University School of Law and his BA from Yale.
Former law school president Thomas McHenry stepped down last year after a tumultuous tenure that included ushering the school through the start of the pandemic, a drop in enrollment, and financial instability that led to controversial cuts of tenured professors.
Officials say Smolla’s appointment represents the first in a series of personnel and operational changes in a strategic plan aimed at growing the school’s programs and enrollment.
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