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Scalia Law School announces the Allison and Dorothy Rouse Dean

August 1, 2019

The dean position of the Antonin Scalia Law School will now be known as the Allison and Dorothy Rouse Dean, thanks to the Allison and Dorothy Rouse Endowment.

The transformational gift of $50 million from the estate of late Judge Allison M. Rouse and Mrs. Dorothy B. Rouse to the law school will fund as many as 14 endowed chairs.

“The gift from the Rouse estate and the endowed chair for the law school dean are a clear example of the power of philanthropy to support Mason’s goal of attracting high-quality faculty,” said Trishana Bowden, vice president for university advancement and alumni relations and president of the George Mason University Foundation.

Henry N. Butler is the first Allison and Dorothy Rouse Dean, a position he will hold until June 2020, when he returns to full-time teaching and research. A search is currently underway for the next dean. The Scalia Law School has 44 full-time faculty and a total enrollment of 525 students, and has been in the top tier of U.S. News & World Report rankings for 18 consecutive years. In 2018, the school was ranked #18 in ShanghaiRanking’s Global Rankings for Law, and #19 for Scholarly Impact in Brian Leiter’s Law School Report.