Last spring, President Scott Cowen announced that he would be stepping down after serving for 16 years as the President of Tulane University. On Wednesday, February 5th, Tulane’s search committee, co-chaired by Tulane Law alumnus Andy Wisdom
, announced that Michael A. Fitts
has been named our fifteenth President. President-Elect Fitts currently is the Dean and Bernard G. Segal Professor of Law at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. He will join the Tulane family on July 1st.
This announcement has personal meaning for me. I was lucky enough to be a law student at Penn when President-Elect Fitts assumed the deanship. I cannot be more thrilled that my former Dean will be our future President.
Michael Fitts’ exceptional legacy at Penn informs his continued vision for Tulane. He has a strong understanding of the importance of cross-disciplinary education, a keen awareness of the challenges of globalization to the legal profession, and a passion for partnering with our city to enhance experiential learning opportunities for students. Tulane University, and Tulane Law School, already do these things exceptionally well. Michael Fitts will take our efforts to a new level of excellence.
For more information about the President-Elect please check-out the special Tulane University Page
. Tulane University has posted his introductory press conference and videos
of President-Elect Fitts introducing himself to the university and sharing thoughts about Tulane and New Orleans. I am more than confident that his leadership will only help strengthen the opportunities for our law school and our students.