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Janice C. Griffith is stepping down as dean of Georgia State University’s College of Law. “I want to pursue some other interests,” said Griffith. “I’ve been dean for seven years. That is a long time to be dean.” In July 2004, when her resignation takes effect, Griffith will return to teaching and research. She specializes in state and local government law and plans to teach a land use course on growth management as well as a constitutional seminar, she said. The school will start a nationwide search for her replacement this fall, according to Ronald J. Henry, GSU’s provost and vice president for academic affairs. He said he hopes to name a new dean by July 1, 2004. Henry will assemble a team of about 12 law faculty and appoint one of them to co-chair the search committee with another dean from the law school. The committee also will include student, staff and external community representatives as well as a faculty member from another school at GSU. In terms of qualities he’s looking for in a new dean, “we would like to get more fund raising for the college, and we would like to get known nationally for several foci, particularly working with the urban community,” said Henry. Griffith has been the longest serving dean in the law school’s 20-year history. When she arrived in 1996, she began upgrading and expanding the school’s computer labs and classrooms. She added 375 data ports and power ports for student use, revamped the college’s Web site, increased the number of staff devoted to information technology and established a technology replacement fund. During her deanship, the college’s state-funded budget has grown 53 percent from $5,777,792 to $8,853,778, and the school’s endowment has seen an increase of more than eightfold, from $580,675 to $4,808,454. Griffith also has overseen the establishment of two endowed chairs, nine endowed scholarship funds and three other endowment accounts funding library, academic and student needs. Before joining GSU, Griffith spent 17 years at Quinnipiac College School of Law in Hamden, Conn., where she taught state and local government law, constitutional law, land use and administrative law. Before entering academia, she was chief of the fiscal and securities division of the New York City corporation counsel’s office from 1976 to 1979.

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