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Veteran professor appointed interim dean of DePaul’s College of Law

Updated: March 13, 2014 11:42AM



A veteran law professor and head of DePaul University’s exchange program with a Dublin, Ireland law school, has been appointed interim dean of DePaul’s College of Law, effective June 1.

Bruce Ottley, 66, who started his DePaul career as an assistant professor 36 years ago, teaches courses in torts, civil procedure and remedies and products liability.

Ottley will replace Gregory Mark, who is stepping down at the end of the academic year to begin a one-year leave of absence to pursue other scholarly and professional opportunities, according to a university news release issued Thursday. Mark, a legal historian, has been dean since July 2011. He is expected to return in fall 2015 as a faculty member.

DePaul plans to soon launch a national search for a permanent dean.

Ottley previously served as associate dean in the college for nine years, most recently from 1996 to 2000, and as acting dean for a brief period in 2006. In addition to teaching, Ottley is director of the DePaul University-University College Dublin Cooperative Program and co-director of the International Aviation Law Institute. He also conducts seminars for Illinois judges through the Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts.

Prior to joining DePaul’s College of Law in 1978, Ottley practiced law in Papua New Guinea, where he served for a year as a court magistrate of the National Capitol District Court. He also taught law for five years at the University of Papua New Guinea.

“Bruce’s distinguished career as a lawyer, professor and university administrator make him well suited to serve as interim dean for DePaul’s College of Law,” said Patricia O’Donoghue, interim provost. “His colleagues demonstrate great administration and respect for his skills as a leader and scholar. I am confident he will successfully guide the college during this time of transition.”

The change marks the third recent administrative move at DePaul.

O’Donoghue will become interim president of DePaul starting Aug. 1 when the current president, the Rev. Dennis H. Holtschneider, takes a leave of absence until Dec. 31 to teach in a graduate course on leadership and governance in higher education at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education. O’Donoghue replaced Donald Pope-Davis as provost after Pope-Davis resigned the position unexpectedly after a six-month tenure. After a sabbatical, Pope-Davis will teach and conduct research as a tenured professor in the department of psychology in the College of Science and Health.

David Miller will assume the role of interim provost for the 2014-2015 academic year, while retaining his position as dean of the College of Computing and Digital Media.

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