The dean of the Kansas University School of Law is stepping down to devote his time to teaching.
Michael Hoeflich, dean of the Kansas University School of Law since 1994, has announced his intention to resign from the post next year.
Hoeflich will remain a member of the law faculty. He was unavailable for comment Tuesday night.
In informing the school's faculty and board of advisers of his decision, Hoeflich reportedly said he wanted to leave ample time for the selection of a replacement and for a smooth transfer of leadership.
His resignation is effective June 30, 1999.
KU Chancellor Robert Hemenway said Hoeflich ``has demonstrated exceptional leadership'' as dean of the school.
``He is an outstanding scholar as well,'' Hemenway said. ``In returning to teaching, he will provide a great deal of perspective to future lawyers.''
Before coming to KU, Hoeflich was dean at the Syracuse University College of Law for six years. Previously on the law faculty at the University of Illinois, as well as in private practice in Champaign, Ill., Hoeflich and his wife, Karen, opted to move back to the Midwest.
The year Hoeflich was hired, 42 of 176 deans at U.S. law schools left their jobs, and the average term of a dean had dropped to 3.5 years.
In 1997, Hoeflich was selected as the Kane Distinguished Professor of Law. The professorship was established in 1965 by members of the family in honor of the late John H. Kane and John M. Kane. It became the first endowed professorship in the law school.
Hoeflich is considered a leading international scholar in legal history and legal education. His work has centered on the importation of foreign legal ideas into the American judicial system and the development of university-based legal education in the 19th century.
Hoeflich -- holder of master's degrees from Haverford and Cambridge universities, as well as a law degree from Yale University -- is the editor or co-author of five books and writes a biweekly newspaper column for the Journal-World.
According to an article in Thursday's Wichita Eagle, the five finalists in the running for the president of Wichita State University include a law dean, as well as two provosts, a chancellor and a president.
It was not known Tuesday night whether Hoeflich was the law dean mentioned in the report.
The finalists' identities will not be made public until Sept. 17, when the WSU presidential search committee recommends the finalists to the Kansas Board of Regents. The board will announce the new president in October, after the candidates visit WSU.
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