Stetson University’s Dean Vause steps down

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first_imgStetson University’s Dean Vause steps down Stetson University’s Dean Vause steps down Gary Vause, dean and vice president of Stetson University College of Law and a renowned legal scholar who has authored numerous books and articles, told a campus-wide gathering April 23 he will retire July 31 because of ill health.Vause told students, faculty, and administrators that he has been diagnosed with cancer, and that his doctors have advised him to step down. Vice Dean Darby Dickerson will serve as interim dean while a nationwide search for a new permanent dean is conducted, according to Stetson President Doug Lee.“Gary Vause has devoted almost three decades of extraordinary service to Stetson University,” President Lee said. “He has tirelessly worked to advance academic excellence, increase diversity, and expand a global focus at the college of law.”Vause joined the law school 28 years ago as assistant dean and was named dean four years ago. He spearheaded Stetson’s new Tampa Law Center and campus, which is currently under construction in downtown Tampa. The campus will house Stetson’s part-time program, the Florida Second District Court of Appeal, and continuing legal education programs.“Dean Vause has fulfilled his position with great distinction by enhancing the college of law’s academic program, international programs and partnerships,” President Lee said. “He has also done much to enhance Stetson’s financial position, its community, government relations and fundraising programs, and by establishing the college of law’s part-time program and its new law center and campus in Tampa.”Vause also either established or contributed greatly to a number of other Stetson programs, including its LL.M. program in International Law and Business; the Center for Excellence in Dispute Resolution; the joint J.D./M.B.A. degree program (in conjunction with Stetson’s School of Business Administration); and summer abroad programs in Granada, Spain, and Tallinn, Estonia. He also expanded Stetson’s curriculum in health and elder law.Under Dean Vause’s leadership, Stetson recently earned another first place ranking for its trial advocacy program from U.S. News and World Report. As he has done in the past, Vause credited the Stetson Law community for this prestigious ranking. “Working together, Stetson’s strong faculty, outstanding students and supportive alumni have inspired and motivated us to higher levels of academic excellence,” he said.Before coming to Stetson, Vause managed his own law firm in Hartford, Conn., specializing in labor and employment law. He is a native of Tallahassee.Before joining Stetson’s faculty in 1995, Interim Dean Dickerson, professor of law and director of legal research and writing, clerked on the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and worked as an associate at Locke Purnell Rain Harrell, a firm in Dallas. Dickerson teaches research and writing and federal pretrial practice. She writes in the areas of legal writing, citation, and litigation ethics, and is the author of the ALWD Citation Manual, which has been adopted by professors at more than 100 law schools.In addition to her work at Stetson, she is an officer and director of the Ferguson-White Inn of Court in Tampa, and a director of the Tampa Bay Chapter of the American Red Cross.center_img May 15, 2003 Regular Newslast_img

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