PORTLAND, Maine – The dean of the University of Maine School of Law announced Friday that he will step down in June 2015.
Peter Pitegoff will remain at Maine Law as a member of the faculty. He has served as dean since 2005.
“This is a transition – it’s not farewell,” Pitegoff said in a press release issued Friday morning. “Change in leadership can be healthy for any institution, and I believe the timing is right for Maine Law to begin a new chapter.”
Maine Law is one of only two public law schools in northern New England, and is the only law school in Maine. During his tenure, Pitegoff recruited top-notch faculty and staff; expanded collaboration with Maine’s judiciary, the organized bar, and public and private institutions; and oversaw numerous enhancements to the school’s program of legal education, adapting to the changing legal profession, according to the press release.
“Maine Law is well positioned to thrive in the coming years,” the dean said. “I am grateful to numerous colleagues – faculty, staff, students, alumni, volunteers, university leaders, and supporters – who share credit for Maine Law’s recent progress and success. We will continue to train and nurture the next generation of lawyers and leaders, building on the traditions of academic excellence, civic engagement and public service that have long been at the core of a Maine Law education.”
Pitegoff is looking forward to returning to the classroom and engaging in research, policy work and public service in Maine as a professor of law, the release said. When the dean steps down, he will have served 10 years as dean of Maine Law. The average tenure for current deans at law schools nationally is 4½ years.
Before joining Maine Law, Pitegoff was a professor for 17 years at the State University of New York at Buffalo. He served as vice dean at SUNY Buffalo and founded a clinical program in community economic development law, which has been a model for transactional clinics at numerous law schools. Pitegoff previously served as legal counsel for the ICA Group in Boston, an economic development consulting firm.