Thursday, October 28, 2010
I am delighted to report that my colleague and friend, John Gotanda, has been named the sixth dean of Villanova Law. Fr. Peter Donohue, OSA, the President of Villanova University, made the announcement this afternoon, bringing to a happy conclusion a thorough national search that vetted many distinguished candidates. John Gotanda enjoys the respect and trust of the Villanova faculty and wider Law School community. A cherished teacher and efficient administrator, John is equipped to be a natural leader of this community. I have no doubt that in his new role Dean John Gotanda will continue to serve the Villanova community with his trademark energy, vision, seriousness of purpose, and commitment to the highest academic standards. John Gotanda is wonderfully understated, and in this will lie, I believe, one of the keys to his assured success as a faithful and imaginative steward of the religious heritage of Villanova. In carrying forward the Catholic and Augustinian mission of the Law School, he will build on the incredible work done here by Mark Sargent. I am grateful to John for accepting this task, and I know many in the MoJ community will join me in congratulating John on his appointment.
The University's official announcement is here.