The thing with rumors is, sometimes they’re true. Murmurs that Hastings College of the Law Dean Nell Newton was defecting to Notre Dame turn out to be true. An emergency board meeting on Friday regarding Newton’s employment fueled rumors of some kind of change being afoot, South Bend was mentioned here and there, and the full story came this morning.
Calling it her most difficult decision of her professional life, Newton announced that she was resigning from Hastings to take the dean position at Notre Dame Law School.
Nell said in an email sent to Hastings faculty and staff at 6:30 this morning that she is “drawn by the mission of Notre Dame and its unique commitment both to academic excellence and to fostering a dialogue between faith and reason.”
“This change will also bring me closer to my brother, Fred, who lives in the Midwest,” she wrote.
Nell lists her proudest accomplishments, among them the claim that the school raised $11.9 million in the past two and a half years and added ten new faculty members in that time. Both were her stated goals when she first started.
In a press release out at 9 a.m. this morning, Hastings announced that Newton will step down July 1.
The Board will select an interim dean to begin July 1, and thereafter conduct a nationwide search for a replacement dean, Board Chair James Mahoney said in a press statement.
For a full copy of the release from Hastings, click here .