Ohio State University Michael E. Moritz College of Law professor Donald Tobin
Ohio State University Michael E. Moritz College of Law professor Donald Tobin ()

Donald Tobin, a professor at Ohio State University Michael E. Moritz College of Law, will be the next dean of the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law.

University leaders announced the appointment on Monday. Tobin will assume the deanship at the end of the academic year, replacing outgoing dean Phoebe Haddon. She has run the Baltimore law school since 2009 but announced her return to teaching last June.

“Donald Tobin has the perfect blend of experience and skills to lead Carey Law,” University President Jay Perman said. “He has a record of leading through collaboration, a strong belief in social responsibility and public service, and a commitment to providing students practice-ready skills and helping them achieve professional success.”

Tobin has taught at Ohio State for 13 years and is an expert in tax and campaign finance law. He has served as associate dean for faculty; associate dean for academic affairs; and founding director of the Program on Law and Leadership at Ohio State.

“A great law school needs one thing: great people,” Tobin said. “One of the things that drew me to Maryland Carey Law is that you have that here—great students, great faculty, great staff and great alumni.”

Tobin hailed the law school’s programs and centers for health law, environmental law, dispute resolution, public health, homeland security, women in leadership, intellectual property and business law.

“UM Carey Law is a national leader in providing experiential learning opportunities for students, and students at UM Carey Law are making a difference in the community,” he said.

Haddon will depart the deanship this summer, having made a major fundraising mark at the law school. She was dean in 2011 when the W.P Carey Foundation pledged $30 million—the school’s largest gift ever.

Contact Karen Sloan at ksloan@alm.com.