DEAN KELLYE TESTY NAMED LSAC PRESIDENT AND CEO
Kellye Y. Testy, Dean of the University of Washington School of Law in Seattle, has been named the new President and CEO of the Law School Admission Council. Dean Testy, a nationally and internationally known advocate for access and diversity in the law, brings vision and operational experience to LSAC’s mission of ensuring student success and high-quality legal education.
Dean Testy brings substantial experience as a law school dean and business leader to her new post, along with effective partnerships throughout legal education, including with the American Bar Association (ABA) and the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) for which she served as President in 2016.
“I am honored to assume the role of President and CEO of LSAC, an organization whose sole mission is to serve law schools, law students, and legal education,” Dean Testy said. “In a time of considerable change in the legal profession and the academy, we look forward to accelerating key partnerships, integrating technology intelligently, and serving our members in ever-more innovative and effective ways,” she added.
In announcing the appointment, LSAC Board of Trustees Chair Susan L. Krinsky said: “Dean Testy’s enthusiasm for LSAC’s mission is clear, and her commitment to diversity and access to legal education is inspiring. We believe Dean Testy’s experience and commitment are perfectly suited to her new role. Her leadership in pursuit of quality legal education will allow LSAC to reach even greater heights of success in serving our member schools and their students.”
Dean Testy led the University of Washington School of Law in Seattle for eight years, hiring a new generation of outstanding faculty, significantly expanding philanthropic resources, advancing equity and inclusion, and heightening the school’s stature and visibility. National Jurist magazine recently named her the second-most influential person in legal education. A native of Bloomington, Dean Testy received both her undergraduate and law degrees at Indiana University. She graduated summa cum laude and Order of the Coif, and then clerked on the US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit before joining the academy. A beloved teacher and expert in corporate law and governance, Dean Testy has published extensively in those fields, as well as in several others.
We are looking forward to welcoming Dean Testy at our annual meeting and educational conference in Palm Desert, California.
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