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Presiding at commencement

FORMER DEAN Professor Colin S. Diver Named President of Reed College

Colin S. Diver, Charles A. Heimbold Professor of Law and Economics, and Dean of the University of Pennsylvania Law School from 1989-1999 was named the 14 th president of Reed College in February. Diver will be installed at the private liberal arts college located in Portland, Oregon in July 2002. Diver’s decade-long tenure as Dean of the Law School invigorated the spirit of the school, setting an energetic tone for the 1990s during which 18 scholars joined the faculty, the award-winning Public Service Program was established, and the physical space of the Law School was overhauled. As the result of a successful capital campaign in the early 1990s, Nicole E. Tanenbaum Hall was constructed which allowed the expanding Biddle Law Library to relocate with room to spare. In 1998 Henry Silverman L’64 and his wife Nacy made a gift of $15 million to the Law School, at the time the largest single gift ever made to any law school. This historic gift funded an endowed professorship, a research fund, and the renovation of historic Lewis Hall, which was renamed Silverman Hall at its re-opening in 2000.

With Colleagues at Faculty Retreat

In his announcement to the Law School community Dean Michael A. Fitts stated, “Colin will be greatly missed here at Penn Law School. He served as a very successful dean for a decade (the longest tenure of any Penn Law Dean since Jefferson Fordham). Since stepping down from the deanship three years ago, he has pursued teaching and scholarship with the same energy and dedication.”

Known for his expertise in administrative law, when Diver joined the faculty in 1999 his scholarship and teaching had evolved to include emerging legal issues in biotechnology. In 2000, with Professor Edward Rubin, he introduced the course “Law and Biotechnology” at Penn Law School.

At the Law School’s celebration of the close of the “Diver Decade” in 1999, then-Chairman of the Board of Overseers Charles A. Heimbold L’60, and present-Chair Paul S. Levy L’72 presented a check in excess of $3 million to the Law School raised from dozens of alumni and friends of Penn Law to establish a new endowed professorship, the Colin S. Diver Distinguished Chair in Leadership. In addition to this chair that will formally carry his name forward at Penn Law for generations to come, the lasting legacy of Colin Diver will be seen here daily in the faculty he recruited, the groundbreaking coursework these young scholars introduced, and in the physical plant he successfully modernized.

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