For Immediate Release

Shari Ireton
News and Media Relations
University of Washington School of Law


UW Law Dean Appointed Chair of Presidential Search Committee

Kellye TestyKellye Y. Testy, Dean & James W. Mifflin University Professor

SEATTLE - Kellye Testy, dean of the University of Washington School of Law and James W. Mifflin University Professor, was appointed by the UW Board of Regents to chair the Presidential Search Advisory Committee to find a successor for President Mark Emmert.

"I am honored to be involved with the process of selecting the University of Washington's next leader," said Testy. "The opportunity to work with the members of the search committee, all leaders and visionaries with a deep-seated passion for the UW and its mission, is an honor as well."

The committee will recommend three to five presidential candidates to the board by January 31, 2011.

The entire Presidential Search Advisory Committee, which includes 3L Sarah Reyneveld, is as follows:

  • Chair: Kellye Testy, Dean and James W. Mifflin University Professor, UW School of Law
  • Kristianne (Kristi) Blake, UW Regent and corporate director
  • Ana Mari Cauce, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences
  • Kenyon Chan, chancellor of UW Bothell
  • Neal Dempsey, founding partner, Bay Partners
  • Carver Gayton, retired executive director, Northwest African American Museum
  • Joanne Harrell, UW Regent and senior director, e-Government Programs, Microsoft-US
  • JW Harrington, professor, Department of Geography and vice chair, UW Faculty Senate
  • Sally Jewell, UW Regent and CEO, Recreational Equipment, Incorporated
  • Lincoln Johnson, associate vice president, Campus Life
  • John Kincaid, president, Schaake Holdings, LLC
  • Madeleine McKenna, president, Associated Students of the University of Washington
  • William (Bill) Phillip, Tacoma business leader and philanthropist
  • Sarah Reyneveld, president, Graduate and Professional Student Senate
  • Johnese Spisso, vice president for Medical Affairs, UW & COO, UW Medicine, UW Medicine-Harborview, UW Medical Center, UWPN, UWP, ALNW.
  • Patrick S. Stayton, professor of bioengineering
  • John A. Taylor, instructional technician, School of Art

On April 27, Emmert announced that he would be leaving the UW to serve as the new president of the National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA). He will begin his term as NCAA president no later than Nov. 1. Upon Emmert's departure, the Board of Regents will appoint an interim president who will serve until the permanent president takes office. The process of appointing the interim president has not yet been determined.

Testy, a national leader in legal education and an expert in corporate law and governance, is the first permanent female dean in the School of Law's 110-year history. She teaches and writes in the areas of contracts, corporate governance, corporations, gender and law, and economic and social justice. She serves on the boards of the American Law Deans Association and the Society of American Law Teachers; she is also a member of the Committee on Recruitment and Retention of Minority Law Faculty of the Association of American Law Schools and the Committee on Curriculum of the American Bar Association.

Her awards include the Washington State Trial Lawyers Public Justice Award (2006), the President's Award from King County Women Lawyers (2006), the President's Award from Washington Women Lawyers (2007), the President's Award from the Washington State Bar Association (2007), and the Special Friend Award from the Loren Miller (African American) Bar Association of Washington (2008).

The School of Law is located on the Seattle campus of the University of Washington, the cornerstone of a uniquely innovative and creative community and a nationally-recognized leader for excellence in teaching, scholarship, and public service. Established in 1899, it is accredited by the American Bar Association and a member of the Association of American Law Schools and the International Association of Law Schools. William H. Gates Hall, a state-of the-art facility completed in 2003, houses the school on the Northwest corner of one of the most beautiful campuses in the nation. As part of one of the world’s top public research institutions, the UW School of Law is known for educating innovative leaders for the global common good in law, business, and public service. In addition to an outstanding J.D. program delivered to a small and highly collegial student body, the law has school has top-ranked graduate programs in intellectual property, business and corporate law, health law, global health, sustainable development, clinical law, tax law, Asian and comparative law, and the environment.

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