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Dr. Salkin’s important book is original, engaging, provocative, comprehensive, and data driven. It’s a must read for anyone who cares about academic leadership and the future of higher education at a time when the only constants are accelerating change, daunting (often unexpected) crises, and proliferating regulation and legal challenges...."
— Nick Allard, Founding Dean, Jacksonville University College of Law, Former President and Dean, Brooklyn Law School

“...[A] highly readable examination of a phenomenon that is shaping higher education—the rise of the lawyer president. Through extensive original research, Dr. Salkin reveals the extent to which universities and colleges have reshaped the traditional profile for presidencies to include leaders trained in law...."
— Alicia Ouellette, President and Dean, Albany Law School
Dr. Salkin provides a wonderful new resource on an important trend in higher education leadership. She combines extensive new data—reaching from the 1700s all the way to the most recent decades, and analyzed from multiple angles—with thoughtful analysis of the reasons why attorneys may be selected for, and succeed at, college and university top leadership roles...."
— William F. Howard, Attorney, Senior Consultant for Academic Search, Inc.,
and former SUNY Senior Vice Chancellor

"Salkin has assembled a broad database, enhanced with scholarly references, participant quotes, and relevant anecdotes to illustrate key points. It is comprehensive, exploring the wide range of factors bearing on leadership challenges in higher education. 
— Timothy Fisher, Professor of Law and former Dean,
University of Connecticut School of Law

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MAY IT PLEASE THE CAMPUS: Lawyers Leading Higher Education
by Patricia E. Salkin

This is a groundbreaking study on the important and little known role that lawyers have played as leaders in higher education.

The book traces the history of lawyer campus presidents from the 1700s to present, exploring dozens of topics such as: where lawyer presidents went to law school; the percentage of lawyer presidents serving at public, private, community, HBCUs, and religiously affiliated institutions; geographic concentrations of campuses led by lawyers, women lawyer presidents, pathways to the presidency for lawyers, commonalities in backgrounds, and more. The author explores reasons for an exponential increase in lawyers serving as campus leaders examining the growth of legal education and myriad legal and regulatory issues confronting higher education. 

Patricia E. Salkin, J.D., Ph.D. is the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost of the Graduate and Professional Division of Touro University. She is the former Dean of the Touro University Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center and previously served as Associate Dean, Director of the Government Law Center and the Raymond & Ella Smith Distinguished Professor of Law at Albany Law School.
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