Karen Rothenberg announced Wednesday that next year she will be stepping down as dean of the University of Maryland School of Law. When she leaves next June, she will have served 10 years at the school's helm.
Rothenberg, the first woman to serve as the school's dean, says she wants to take the “Seinfeld approach” and go out while the school is on top. She points to the school's success in raising $28 million and in creating a new program on ethics, moral formation, and leadership development.
“I thought about staying around until , but I decided that was too long,” Rothenberg says. “I spoke to a number of deans I know, and they all said 10 years was a good number to serve as dean. I have very mixed emotions, but I feel 10 years is not too long, but long enough.”
After a sabbatical, Rothenberg plans to return to teaching and research at the law school.