Golden Gate University School of Law’s dean is setting out for Texas.
Frederic White, who arrived at Golden Gate in the summer of 2004 as one of California’s first African-American deans, will take over the dean post at Texas Wesleyan University School of Law. Fall 2008 will be his first semester there, according to a Wesleyan spokeswoman.
White said, during a phone call from Atlanta (where he was watching a basketball game), that his decision is the result of both the desire to tackle a new project and the lower cost of living in Texas.
Wesleyan has a young and very supportive alumni base, he said, and a university president who is hands off.
“The law school usually keeps all of its money which is not the case at most law schools, including Golden Gate,” he said. It just so happens that former Golden Gate admissions dean, Sherolyn Hurst, recently joined Wesleyan as well.
White will be the first African-American dean at Wesleyan.
Both Wesleyan and Golden Gate ranked in the fourth tier of last year’s U.S. News & World Report.
Founded in 1989 as Dallas-Fort Worth School of Law, Wesleyan dubs itself a “young law school.” Texas Wesleyan University acquired the school in 1992. As its 20th anniversary looms, Wesleyan law school looks back at how far it’s come. Median LSAT scores have risen to 156 (on par with Golden Gate’s), and median undergraduate GPAs have risen from 3.00 to 3.17, according to the school. It’s also growing: in the 2007-08 school year, its 291 admitted students were the largest entering class ever.
After graduating from Columbia Law School in 1973, White was a municipal bond lawyer. He started teaching at Cleveland-Marshall College of Law at Cleveland State University in 1978 and was associate dean of the law school for five years. He has taught courses on property, trusts and estates and land use law.
Golden Gate’s law school has yet to launch its search for a new dean.