Andrew Klein, who has led the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law since July 2013, has announced he will be stepping down as dean in June of 2020. He confirmed his decision in a recent email to faculty members, saying he considered it a “privilege to work with each and every one of you.”
After a leave of absence during the 2020-2021 academic year, Klein plans to return to the law school as a classroom teacher and scholar. He has taught courses on environmental and toxic torts, hazardous waste regulation and federal jurisdiction.
“One thing I’ve never tried to hide is the fact I enjoy being in the classroom,” Klein told Indiana Lawyer in 2013. “It is a privilege and tremendous opportunity to introduce students to this wonderful profession.”
Klein joined the faculty at the Indianapolis law school as a tenure-track professor in 2000 and four years later stepped into administration, becoming an associate dean for academic affairs. From 2010 to 2013, he took on a campus-wide leadership position when he served as chief of staff to the Office of the Chancellor and Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at IUPUI.
The end of his tenure as dean will coincide with the conclusion of Indiana University’s Bicentennial Campaign in June 2020.
IUPUI Chancellor Nasser Paydar will form a committee to search for the law school’s next dean in the summer, according to Klein. Then, during the fall, the campus will commence a national search.
Read more about the transition in leadership at IU McKinney School of Law in the April 17 issue of Indiana Lawyer.