On September 10, 2012, Dean Lawrence Ponoroff announced to the faculty that he would step down as dean this year and return to the faculty.
Andrew Comrie, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, released the following statement:
Lawrence Ponoroff, dean of the James E. Rogers College of Law, has decided to step down as dean, effective with the appointment of interim leadership. He will return to the faculty.
I want to take this opportunity to thank Dean Ponoroff for his valuable service as dean. He joined us during an extremely challenging financial period for the University and the college, one in which we endeavored to balance tough budgets while maintaining and advancing the quality of the institution. Dean Ponoroff made significant progress in righting the budgetary ship of the college, and he brought his considerable insight and intellect to bear on the many other facets involved in leading this great college, all with his remarkable sense of humor. On behalf of the University of Arizona I offer our sincerest thanks to Larry for his service.
President Hart and I, and indeed the UA community, recognize the critical role played by the Rogers College of Law in legal scholarship and education for our state. The college has a long history of excellence, and today it is home to a faculty of world-class legal scholars with a number of specialties in areas of distinction. It is imperative that we uphold and advance this excellence by initiating a national search for a new dean who can provide strong and visionary leadership.
Until the national search is completed, the college will require interim leadership. I will visit with the faculty at their next meeting to discuss the leadership transition and hear their thoughts on advancing the college.
UPDATE: The Wildcat published an article about this on September 19, 2012. Read the article here.