Joy in Gotham: A woman dean for Columbia

A woman dean for Columbia

While Harvard's administration suffered through its embarrassment last week, the leadership at another Ivy League school, Columbia, was in a festive mood over the elevation of Barbara Aronstein Black from professor of legal history to dean of the law school. Black, 52 and the mother of three children, succeeds Benno C. Schmidt Jr., who in December was named president of Yale. Her promotion marks a significant academic milestone; she becomes the first woman ever to head one of the nation's blue-ribbon law schools. "She's a woman for all sea-sons," proclaimed Columbia President Michael Severn, calling her appointment "just one facet of...

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