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On June 24, 2022, former interim President and former SUNY system Chancellor, Robert King, was named interim president of Florida Institute of Technology. According to the release,King most recently was assistant secretary for postsecondary education at the U.S. Department of Education, serving from 2019 until January 2021. Prior to his service with the federal government, he led the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education as president for 10 years, and before that led SUNY as system chancellor for five and a half years. He also served as interim president of the Potsdam campus. In addition, he served for three years as president and CEO of the Arizona Community Foundation, a statewide charitable foundation.” In addition, King served on the Board of Trustees of two institutions of higher education - Prescott College and A.T. Still University (the nation’s oldest osteopathic medical school).

Prior to his career in higher education, King was a government lawyer. He was a prosecutor in the district attorney’s office in San Luis Obispo, California, and the district attorney’s office in Rochester, New York (and he later served as the Monroe County Executive). He was an elected member of the New York state legislature, and worked in the New York governor’s office as budget director and director of the Office of Regulatory Reform.

Robert King earned his JD from Vanderbilt University School of Law.

A new president has been appointed effective July 1, 2023.

Last week the ABA State and Local Government Law Section, along with the Administrative Law Section and the Government and Public Sector Lawyers Division hosted a webinar with three lawyers in higher education who are, will be or have been campus presidents. The bios of the panelists are below - and the program can be accessed at:;!!HoV-yHU!qwSusgz2_WC6qZf8Fq228ak4mHT0K0XuuTtchgATJvmYUYlTCBWP-QNhFtFAGoOf-4iwU5GPdDR6lBJOXUCiIZKeDi7XW-djq5Nj9A$

The passcode is: g!iOnK4f

Tiffany Hernandez will assume the presidency of Glendale Community College in Arizona in July 2023. She currently serves as the Vice President for Student Success at San Antonio College. Previously she served as Dean for Student Success; Department Chairperson for the Public Policy and Service department overseeing the Criminal Justice, Political Science, Human Services, Court Reporting, and Public Administration programs; and as tenured faculty in the Criminal Justice program. Prior to entering academia, Hernandez served as a Deputy County Attorney in the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office in Arizona, and a veteran, she served on active duty and as a reservist in the United States Air Force. Hernandez earned her JD from the University of Utah College of Law. See, Glendale Community College Selects Lawyer Tiffany Hernandez as its Next President (

Marvin Krislov is the President of Pace University. Prior to that he was the President of Oberlin College. Earlier, he was vice president and general counsel at the University of Michigan, where he led the legal defense of the University’s admission policies that resulted in the 2003 Supreme Court decision recognizing the importance of student body diversity. Prior to entering academia he served as associate counsel in the Office of Counsel to the President under President Bill Clinton and later as acting solicitor and then deputy solicitor of national operations in the US Department of Labor. In 2009, President Barack Obama nominated, and the Senate confirmed, Krislov to serve on the National Council on the Humanities, where served until the summer of 2019. Krislov earned his J.D. from Yale Law School. See, This President Was a White House Counsel and Deputy U.S. Solicitor Before Career in Higher Education (

Jamienne S. Studley, President of WSCUC, a leading international higher education accrediting organization, since 2018, has worked across higher education, public service, civil rights and non-profit management to advance equity, student success, and public engagement. She served as deputy undersecretary of the U.S. Department of Education, and also as acting undersecretary and assistant secretary for postsecondary education, and earlier as deputy and acting general counsel. [this sentence is optional if it’s too long: Earlier she was a member and chair of the Department’s National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity (NACIQI).] Studley served as President of Skidmore College. Prior to that she was Associate Dean & Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School, and later was president of Public Advocates, a civil rights advocacy group. She earned her J.D. at Harvard Law School.

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May It Please the Campus: Lawyers Leading Higher Education Online

By the summer of 2023, the Presidents of six of New York City's colleges and universities will be lawyers - Barnard College, Cooper Union, Fordham, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, New York University, Queens College; with two successful lawyers presidents retiring from Columbia University and Hunter College. Dr. Patricia Salkin's new book, May it Please the Campus: Lawyers Leading Higher Education, provides an historical perspective on lawyers occupying the C-Suite in higher education, and she identifies and discusses the exponential increase across of the country of lawyers being selected to lead campuses. She predicts that by 2030, 10% of the sitting college and university presidents in the current decade will have been lawyers. Dr. Salkin will be interviewed by Dean Elena Langan, and they will discuss why lawyers have taken a new leadership role in higher education and what it may mean for the future. Patricia E. Salkin, J.D., Ph.D., is Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost for the Graduate and Professional Divisions at Touro University. The author of May it Please the Campus: Lawyers Leading Higher Education (Touro University Press, 2022), Salkin has extensively studied the exponential increase in the number of lawyers being selected as college and university presidents and underlying reasons for this leadership shift. She is the former dean of the Touro University Jacob D. Fuschsberg Law Center, where she remains a member of the faculty and teaches land use and zoning law. She is the author of more than 100 books, articles, chapters and columns on land use law, government ethics, lawyer licensure reform and higher education leadership. Prior to joining Touro University in 2012, she was the Raymond & Ella Smith Distinguished Professor of Law at Albany Law School where she also served as Associate Dean and Director of the Government Law Center. Elena B. Langan, J.D. serves as Dean and Professor of Law at Touro Law Center. Prior to her appointment at Touro Law, she served as the Dean of Concordia University School of Law in Boise, Idaho and Interim Dean at Nova Southeastern University’s Shepard Broad College of Law in Fort Lauderdale Florida, where she also served as the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Director of the first year lawyering skills and values program. At Concordia University, Dean Langan served as a member of the student success subcommittee of the President’s Advisory Council and was responsible for: creating, among other things, the 5th & Front Program, described as a place where law and social justice meet in service to the community; engaging in the strategic design and development of innovative JD and non-JD programs; and enhancing the reputation of the law school. Date:Tuesday, June 27, 2023Time:12:00pm - 1:00pmTime Zone:Eastern Time - US & Canada (change)Online:This is an online event. Event URL will be sent via registration email.

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