Sidebar        Jenkins named new dean of the University of Minnesota Law School

An experienced, collaborative leader, Associate Dean Garry W. Jenkins will be the next dean of the University of Minnesota Law School, effective July 31, 2016, and pending approval by the Board of Regents in June.

Jenkins currently is the associate dean for academic affairs and the John C. Elam/Vorys Sater Professor of Law at Moritz. He started at Ohio State in 2004 as an assistant professor and has taught Business Associations, Lawyers as Leaders, and Nonprofit Organizations. Jenkins was co-founder of the Program on Law and Leadership in 2007. 

“During his twelve years at Moritz, and eight years as an associate dean, Garry has made an indelible impact on Ohio State,” said Alan C. Michaels, dean and Edwin M. Cooperman Chair in Law at Ohio State. “His leadership, creativity, and counsel in his administrative role have been of the highest order, and our community has been privileged to benefit from his talent and dedication.  The College’s influential Program on Law and Leadership, our robust and consistently refreshed curriculum, and our strong external communications team are just some of the areas that would not have reached current heights without Garry’s leadership.  At the same time, Garry has established himself as a leading scholar in the rapidly changing field of nonprofits and philanthropy.  With his passion for excellence in research and teaching and his great judgment, he will make an outstanding dean.  All of us at the College of Law wish him the very best in his new position, and I personally look forward to working with him as a Big 10 colleague.”

As dean of the University of Minnesota Law School, Jenkins will be chief executive officer and chief academic officer of the Law School, which is ranked as one of the top public law schools in the country. He will provide strategic and intellectual leadership and administrative oversight for the school and work to maintain and enhance the school’s stature. Jenkins will also collaborate with other deans to advance the broader educational mission of the University.

“Garry brings to the Law School extensive experience as an administrator at a public law school, a scholar of law and philanthropy, and a foundation executive,” said Karen Hanson, executive vice president and provost at Minnesota. “His breadth of experience, strategic acumen, and collaborative leadership style will position the Law School for well for the future.”

As associate dean at Ohio State, Jenkins has primary oversight of academic programs and policy, curriculum, communications, and other key areas and collaborated to help shape and implement a strategic plan, advance fundraising, and support diversity and inclusion. He also led the law school’s efforts to implement significant curricular reforms and innovations, develop new co-curricular programs, and revitalize branding.

“I am enormously proud of what we have accomplished together, especially in light of the extraordinary challenges legal education has faced in recent years: the Program on Law and Leadership and several other new academic programs; 14 new permanent faculty members; numerous new course offerings in doctrinal, experiential learning, and clinical areas; a rich communications and branding program; an enviable record of student success on virtually every measure. Moritz is a hotbed of innovation in legal education focused on helping students prepare for great careers. It has been a pleasure and an honor to work alongside Dean Alan C. Michaels—one of the finest law deans in the country—for the past eight years,” Jenkins said. “From my first day at Moritz to my last, I’ve been inspired by the outstanding faculty and staff, talented students, and dedicated alumni of the law school. The Big Ten public universities like, Ohio State and the University of Minnesota, are truly remarkable institutions that embody a combination of access and excellence like no other set of universities in the country. I will deeply miss my friends and colleagues; I love Moritz, and I will always love Moritz.”

Prior to joining the Ohio State faculty in 2004, Jenkins was chief operating officer and general counsel of the Goldman Sachs Foundation—responsible for domestic and international grant-making programs, communications, finance, legal affairs, and investment management for one of the country’s largest corporate foundations. Earlier, he was an attorney with the New York law firm of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, where he counseled public charities and private foundations as well as private investment funds.

Jenkins earned his J.D. from Harvard University Law School, where he was editor-in-chief of the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review, and he went on to clerk for Judge Timothy Lewis on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. He also earned an M.P.P. from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and his B.A. is in political science, from Haverford College. He currently sits on the governing boards of Haverford College and the American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio as well as the advisory board of the National Center on Philanthropy and Law at New York University School of Law.