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Indiana Tech Law School’s founding dean has resigned.

The Fort Wayne school announced May 23 that Peter Alexander stepped down as vice president and dean of the law school May 21. He has also resigned his tenured faculty position.

In a press release, Alexander said he has achieved the goals he established for the institution to this point and has a desire to pursue other employment opportunities.

Alexander has been the face of the new law school, building support for the institution in the Fort Wayne legal community and making connections with the legal community throughout the state. He touted the school as having an innovative approach to educating future lawyers by making hands-on learning an integral part of the curriculum.

Prior to joining Indiana Tech in January 2012, Alexander was at Southern Illinois University School of Law. He served as dean from 2003 through 2009 and then remained on the faculty until 2012. He often said he was not actually looking to lead another law school but was attracted to Indiana Tech because he could build the school from scratch and put his ideas in practice.

The school began the process for receiving accreditation from the American Bar Association in March. Alexander said previously the school would be submitting its self-study in August and welcoming an accreditation team for three days in September. He hoped to get preliminary approval in the spring of 2015.

Indiana Tech Law School opened its door in August 2013 with an inaugural class of 30 students, far below the school’s stated goal of 100 students.

The associate dean for academic affairs andré douglas pond cummings has been named the interim dean.

Indiana Tech President Arthur Snyder praised Alexander’s work at the law school.

“Dean Alexander has helped establish a firm foundation here at the law school which will help us achieve success now and in the future,” Snyder said in a statement. “We appreciate his efforts on behalf of students and our school, and wish him well in all his future endeavors.”

 

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