Former Stanford Law Dean Nominated as President of University of Pennsylvania

Dean M. Elizabeth Magill of Stanford Law School

January 13, 2022 – M. Elizabeth Magill, former dean and professor emerita at Stanford Law School (SLS), was nominated to become the president of the University of Pennsylvania and will assume the role in July 2022. Magill currently serves as executive vice president and provost of the University of Virginia. Magill was the Richard E. Lang Professor of Law and dean of Stanford Law School from September 1, 2012 until March 31, 2019. She was the law school’s 13th dean. 

During her tenure at SLS, Magill expanded Stanford Law School’s academic program and experiential learning opportunities including a first-of-its-kind Law & Policy Lab and student discussion seminars held at faculty homes. She also launched the law school’s Global Initiative, an innovative model for training tomorrow’s leaders by providing students with on-the-ground experience in different legal and political environments. In addition, Magill presided over a major effort to hire faculty at the law school and recruited 19 new faculty members, including 10 tenured appointments, three clinical faculty and six tenure-track faculty.

Read the University of Pennsylvania announcement.

About Stanford Law School

Stanford Law School is one of the nation’s leading institutions for legal scholarship and education. Its alumni are among the most influential decision makers in law, politics, business, and high technology. Faculty members argue before the Supreme Court, testify before Congress, produce outstanding legal scholarship and empirical analysis, and contribute regularly to the nation’s press as legal and policy experts. Stanford Law School has established a model for legal education that provides rigorous interdisciplinary training, hands-on experience, global perspective and focus on public service, spearheading a movement for change.