From the Charlottesville, Virginia
[See also Inside UVa "Scott to step down" 7-17 Aug 2000]
Daily Progress, 28 July 2000, p. B1
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Robert Scott web page Dean of UVa
School of Law
will leave post

By KATIE DALTON
Daily Progress staff writer

Call it the end of an era.

After 10 years as dean of the University of Virginia School of Law, Robert E. Scott is moving on to something he considers even better -- teaching.

"I love nothing better than the life of a law professor," Scott said.

Scott will step down from his post July 1 of next year and plans to return to full-time teaching at UVa in 2002, after taking a sabbatical.

"Over time, you have a chance [as dean) to implement your ideas," he said. "But what you don't want to do is stay on too long."

He has taught part time throughout his tenure as dean, but he said he is ready to return to the blackboard full time. Scott joined the law school faculty in 1974.

From the top rung of the law school's ladder, Scott has made "unprecedented" contributions, UVa President John T. Casteen III said.

"He has attracted and retained uncommonly significant faculty members [and] improved the climate for women and minority students and faculty," Casteen said.

Under Scott's leadership, the law school's capital campaign has raised more than $140 million, almost triple its initial goal of $50 million, with five years to go. He also spearheaded a massive renovation of the school, a $30 million endeavor.
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Robert E. Scott will step down from his post July 1 of next year and plans to return to full-time teaching at UVa in 2002, after taking a sabbatical.

On the academic end, Scott created a program through which practicing lawyers teach alongside professors -- a program he said "brings the wisdom of, experience from the real world within the theory and conceptual framework law professors provide."

Looking back on his years as dean, Scott said one part of the job he will particularly miss is the chance to interact with former students. During the last decade, he has met and worked with thousands of alumni who "have enriched my life in a way I hadn't anticipated when I took the job" he said.

In returning to teaching, he will have to get used to not being at the top of the law school's chain of command.

"All the ideas you had and nobody listened to [as a professor], all of a sudden [as a dean] you can actually do something, about," he said, adding he will miss "being in charge and being able to make a difference."

UVa officials will launch a nationwide search for Scott's replacement in early fall.

Casteen said he hopes to find someone with "similar personal qualities and ethical [and] academic standards" to take over for Scott.


Robert E. Scott is an alumni also of Woodstock School, Landour, Mussoorie, UP, India.
[Would have graduated Class of 1962] See the WOSA web page
In the mid-1950s he lived "out of boarding" on the left side of the Doshisha cottage duplex.
[See also Inside UVa "Scott to step down" 7-17 Aug 2000]

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