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Law dean Jeremy Levitt resigns

Dr. Jeremy Levitt has voluntarily resigned from his position of dean of the UNB Faculty of Law. His resignation is effective immediately.

In a statement from UNB, vice-president academic Tony Secco wrote that Levitt decided to resign “because he believes that it is in the best interests of his family and himself as well as that of the students, alumni and faculty of UNB Law.”

Levitt will be on research leave from UNB until July 31, 2015 to complete “ongoing research activities.” Following this he will return to Florida A&M University College of Law.

The statement said that “Dr. Levitt has decided to leave UNB in order to return to, and help advance, his home institution in Florida following completion of those commitments.”

Levitt took a two-year leave from Florida A&M in order to take up the deanship at UNB. He has been on an unexplained leave of absence from UNB since the end of January.

Law students received an email from Secco shortly before UNB released their statement.

In it he said that he would be “consulting with the Faculty [of law] on leading and managing the Law School going forward, both until June 30, 2015 and for post-July 1, 2015.”

UNB will be issuing a statement about the law school tomorrow morning, March 18.

More to come.

1 Comment

  1. BDesroches Reply

    This is tragic. With Levitt’s resignation, this becomes the fourth dean to be frustrated out of the UNB Faculty of law by the entrenched interests/anti change faculty at the law school. Five deans in less than 5 years for a 5 year term position is an achievement by the Maritime standards. Put differently, this means the UNB Faculty of Law had about 5 deans in less than twenty five years, since each dean tenure ought to be for 5 year!! This is what happened when University Union becomes dictatorial, too powerful and is anti change. While the University administrators must not have absolute power, allowing the staff union to also have absolute power is not in the interest of our children that are enrolled at the Law school, or would be enrolled there in the future. As a UNB alumni, I will not be giving to UNB law school until it implements change and get rid of the people that are fighting every change agent the University hires

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