The University of Tulsa announced Friday that Lyn Entzeroth has been named dean and Dean John Rogers Endowed Chair of the TU College of Law. She will assume her new duties on July 1, 2015.
Known internationally for her expertise on capital punishment, Entzeroth has been a TU Law faculty member since 2002. She currently serves as associate dean for academic affairs, a post she has held since 2012. Before that, she was associate dean for faculty development from 2007 to 2009.
“I am deeply honored to be part of The University of Tulsa and the College of Law. I have been privileged to work with outstanding students, wonderful colleagues and a tremendous university community,” Entzeroth said. “I look forward to serving as dean and continuing the College of Law’s trajectory of providing an excellent program of legal education.”
In announcing the appointment, Roger Blais, TU’s provost and vice president for academic affairs, thanked the members of the search committee. “Lyn has become a fixture in the College of Law. She is a knowledgeable administrator, excellent professor and valuable member of the TU family,” Blais said.
Entzeroth was named TU’s Outstanding Professor in 2004-05, is a widely published scholar and has been instrumental in activities that link the university and the community. She has a clear vision for building upon the successes that TU Law has enjoyed in recent years.
“Nationwide, law schools face many challenges with regard to low enrollment, student debt and a tight job market. Lyn understands these concerns and is prepared to lead the college as it continues to provide a valuable legal education to students seeking a meaningful career,” university President Steadman Upham said.
Current Dean Janet Levit is stepping down after the current academic year and will return to the TU Law faculty. “Lyn has been a tremendous associate dean. I am confident that the College of Law will be in wonderful hands and that she will sustain and accelerate the momentum we have collectively achieved over the past several years,” Levit said.
Entzeroth earned her bachelor’s degree at the University of Wisconsin and her law degree at Tulane University.