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Law Dean Suspended For Trying to Balance Budget

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March 30, 2017

After proposing solutions to get the University of Cincinnati College of Law back in the black, one law dean found herself suddenly placed on administrative leave. Jennifer S. Bard was hired as serve as dean at the University of Cincinnati College of Law in 2015, with the primary mission of overhauling the school’s budgetary problems. Bard suggested, among other things: increasing the current teaching load from three classes; combining the law library with that of the main university library; requiring written advance approval and receipts for faculty travel; and trim back the use of school operating funds to supplement salaries of senior faculty members holding endowed chairs. Squabbling between the dean and law professors became so bad the university’s provost stepped in to mediate, then stripped Bard of her duties and placed her on leave. Bard, who has retained a lawyer, declined to speak to the New York Times.

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