Linda Ammons '87 Appointed Dean of Widener University School of Law
In July 2006, Linda Ammons '87 will become the seventh dean of Widener University School of Law. She is the first woman and the first African American to lead the school.
An accomplished lawyer, professor, and administrator, Linda comes to Widener from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law in Cleveland, Ohio, where she has served as associate dean and professor of law. In this role, she has chaired and served on a number of university committees as well as teaching Administrative Law, Legislation, Mass Communications Law, and Women and the Law. In addition, Dean Ammons has been on the faculty of the National Judicial College in Reno, Nevada since 1993.
"We believe Linda Ammons has the vision and drive to lead our law school to new levels of academic excellence," Widener University President Dr. James T. Harris III said. "She is an exceptional leader with a national reputation who has demonstrated a commitment to public service that coincides closely with Widener's mission."
Prior to joining the faculty at Cleveland-Marshall, Linda served as executive assistant to former Ohio Governor Richard F. Celeste, from 1988 to 1991, advising him on legal and policy matters in the criminal justice, regulatory and administrative areas. While in the Governor's Office, she led the charge for the battered women's clemency project that resulted in clemencies for 28 Ohio women. She subsequently initiated and co-chaired for two years the American Bar Association National Institute on Defending Battered Women in Criminal Cases.
Linda was appointed to both the Ohio Supreme Court Futures Commission, as well as to the Ohio Public Defender's Commission, on which she served two four-year terms. In 2004-2005, she was honored with the Moritz College's Alumni Community Service Award. Most recently, the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law choose her as their 2005-2006 Stapleton Award recipient. This honor will be bestowed at its annual banquet in May 2006.
"I look forward to working with Linda Ammons. Her arrival is a historic moment and I am certain she will bring a unique new perspective to our school," said Eugene D. McGurk Jr., Widener University trustee and chairman of the Widener University School of Law Board of Overseers.
As dean of Widener University's School of Law, Linda will oversee academics and operations at both campuses: the school in Wilmington, Del. where more than 1,300 law and paralegal students study, and the Harrisburg, Pa. campus attended by more than 500 law students.
Linda credits some of her success to her education at the Moritz College of Law, where she said that mentors helped shape her in ways they may not even be aware of, in terms of preparing her for this moment in time. "You can't help but learn as a result of networking and being in the company of accomplished colleagues," she says.