Geoffrey R. Stone has been appointed to serve as the interim Dean of the Law School, effective July 1, 2015 and continuing until the next dean is named and in place. "This appointment reflects Geof’s ongoing commitment to the University of Chicago, for which he has had a long and distinguished record of leadership," said President Robert J. Zimmer and Provost Eric D. Isaacs in the announcement. "Geof’s appointment will ensure that the positive trajectory of the Law School continues while the faculty committee prepares to make its recommendation for a new dean."
Stone is the Edward H. Levi Distinguished Service Professor at the University of Chicago Law School. He joined the faculty in 1973 after serving as a law clerk to Supreme Court Justice William J. Brennan, Jr. He later served as Dean of the Law School from 1987 to 1994 and Provost of the University of Chicago from 1994 to 2002. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a member of the American Law Institute, the American Philosophical Society, and the National Advisory Council of the American Civil Liberties Union. In recent years, he has served as Chair of the Board of the American Constitution Society. Earlier this year, he chaired the University’s Committee on Freedom of Expression.
Stone succeeds Michael H. Schill, the Harry N. Wyatt Professor of Law, who is leaving the University of Chicago to serve as President of the University of Oregon.