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
UVa President John T. Casteen III
"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
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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
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
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.
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
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.