Suffolk Announces New President and Law School Dean

NEC member Suffolk University recently announced two new additions to its leadership. The University has named Margaret McKenna as its tenth president and Andrew Perlman as its next law school dean.

Margaret McKenna was previously the president of Lesley University, overseeing its transition from a small teaching college of about 2,000 students to a nationally recognized university boasting more than 10,000 students. She is currently a visiting professor and acting director of the Sillerman Center for the Advancement of Philanthropy at Brandeis University. Ms. McKenna has also served as vice president of Radcliffe College and as a fellow at the Institute of Politics at Harvard University, as well as president of the Walmart Foundation. She began her career as a civil rights attorney with the US Department of Justice and later worked as Deputy Counsel in the White House and Undersecretary of the U.S. Department of Education. Ms. McKenna also led the education transition team for President Clinton. Ms. McKenna earned a B.A. from Emmanuel College and J.D. from Southern Methodist University. She will be the first woman president of Suffolk University since its founding in 1906.

Andrew Perlman is a faculty member at Suffolk University and is the founding director of its Institute on Law Practice Technology and Innovation and the related Legal Technology and Innovation Concentration. He is a national leader on innovative legal education and the future of law practice. He has also taught as Boston University School of Law, Columbia Law School and Harvard College. His work has been published in some of the nation’s most prestigious law reviews and he co-authored a civil procedure casebook that is in use at more than 70 law schools. Mr. Perlman started his career clerking for a federal district court judge in Chicago, where he also practiced as a litigator. He is an honors graduate of Yale College and Harvard Law School and received his LLM from Columbia Law School. Mr. Perlman will assume his new role on August 1, 2015.

“Margaret McKenna has had her finger on the pulse of higher education for decades is and full of exciting ideas for leveraging Suffolk’s strengths to meet the needs of students who seek pragmatic learning that leads to a career path. We are fortunate to have her on board and look forward to her leadership as the University continues its ascendency,” said Suffolk Trustee Mark E. Sullivan, who chaired the Presidential Search Committee.

“It’s a credit to Suffolk University Law School that the ideal candidate for the deanship comes from within its ranks. The search committee and the trustees looked at many candidates from across the nation, but the legal educator with the most exciting ideas was already putting them to work in our Law School. As dean, he will take the school to even higher levels. We are eager to witness his innovations in the years to come,” said Andrew C. Meyer, chair of the Suffolk Board of Trustees, about Andrew Perlman.

The New England Council congratulates Suffolk University on its excellent choices to fill these roles and looks forward to working with both President McKenna and Dean Perlman.

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