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Philadelphia-Drexel University College of Law has named Jennifer L. Rosato, a professor and dean of students, as acting dean for the inaugural class. Rosato will remain a member of the dean search committee and will step down from the role as soon as a permanent dean is chosen, she said. Along with her role as acting dean, Rosato will maintain her positions as dean of students and professor of civil procedure. She will teach one section in the fall, and she also plans to help build the health law program under the leadership of Professor Barry Furrow. Rosato said that she would enlist the help of her colleagues, such as the assistant dean for academic affairs, Teresa Wallace, in juggling the many tasks she has at hand. Looking towards launch Her main goal as acting dean, Rosato said, is to make sure “everything goes wonderfully” with the launch of the orientation program on Aug. 16 and the start of classes. “After all the talk, we are here,” she said of Drexel law school’s opening. As one of the first tenured professors and someone who has been involved in the formation of Drexel College of Law from nearly the beginning, Rosato said she was probably a natural fit to take over as acting dean. Stephen W. Director, university provost, said that while the dean search continues, the school will have students and faculty arriving soon and needed to have a dean in place for the start of the academic year. He said the school has been actively looking for a dean and wants to make sure they find the right one. He said that academic searches can often take some time to complete. “We’re quite confident that we’ll be able to announce a permanent dean,” he said, but did not give a time frame for when that might happen. The dean search committee and faculty were solicited for input as to who might fill in as acting dean for the time being, he said. Director said that Rosato would handle getting the new students in place, starting up classes and the logistics of switching buildings when the new law school building is completed toward the end of the year.

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