Charleston School of Law hires new interim president

The Charleston School of Law has hired Joseph D. Harbaugh as its interim president.

The Charleston School of Law has hired Joseph D. Harbaugh as the school’s interim president.

Harbaugh is dean emeritus at Nova Southeastern University Law Center and former dean of the University of Richmond School of Law. As interim president, he will oversee the daily operations of the recently restructured law school, according to a news release from the school Friday.

Law school dean Andy Abrams stated in the release that Harbaugh has two decades of experience leading law schools and also has held key leadership positions in the American Bar Association and the Association of American Law Schools.

Harbaugh also serves on InfiLaw System’s National Policy Board.

School leaders previously announced a sale to InfiLaw was in the works. It remains unclear if the company still plans to try to purchase the school.

“As a member of Charleston School of Law’s initial license team appointed by the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education, I was proud to be a part of the launching of the law school,” Harbaugh stated in the release. “I’m excited to return to a Charleston School of Law that has matured and is poised to make another leap forward. I am eager to work with faculty, staff, students and alumni to make that happen.”

Maryann Jones, the school’s last president, stepped down in November after only eight days on the job.

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