The University of Miami has fired law Dean Anthony Varona, a decision that has riled the law school’s faculty and outraged many of Varona’s fellow law deans across the country.

University president Julio Frenk said in a May 25 message to the law school community that Varona would exit the deanship July 1, and indicated that his ouster is tied to lackluster fundraising. Frenk’s letter said Varona would remain on the faculty. Varona came to the law school in 2019 after 14 years on the faculty at American University Washington College of Law.