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Phoebe Haddon to Become Chancellor of Rutgers University-Camden

Journal Staff Report | 4/28/2014, 11:18 a.m.
Rutgers University President Robert Barchi has announced that Phoebe A. Haddon will assume the post of chancellor of Rutgers University-Camden ...
Phoebe A. Haddon will assume the post of chancellor of Rutgers University-Camden on July 1. Robert Burke Photo

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. – Rutgers University President Robert Barchi has announced that Phoebe A. Haddon will assume the post of chancellor of Rutgers University-Camden on July 1.

“Phoebe is a brilliant scholar and gifted administrator with a sophisticated understanding of the strategic issues facing higher education. We are proud that she will lead Rutgers University-Camden,” Barchi said.

“Throughout her career, she has been a powerful advocate for student resources, faculty development, academic freedom and diversity at all levels in higher education. Equally important, her work with numerous civic and professional organizations in Pennsylvania and Maryland demonstrates Phoebe’s commitment to partnering with communities for positive change beyond the campus,” Barchi added.

Haddon was appointed dean of the University of Maryland School of Law in 2009, becoming the first African-American dean in the law school’s nearly 200-year history. Under her leadership, the reputation and resources of the law school grew significantly. She increased student scholarships, recruited and retained nationally known faculty and increased the diversity of student enrollment.

In 2011, Haddon was instrumental in securing a $30 million gift from the W.P. Carey Foundation to the law school – the largest in the history of the school and one of the largest in the history of the University System of Maryland. The school was renamed in the family’s honor. Haddon went on to surpass the school’s fundraising goal, securing significant gifts in support of faculty research, academic programs and student scholarships.

Haddon fostered numerous innovations at the law school, including creation of a business law boot camp and a consumer protection law clinic. Under her leadership, the school was home to top nationally ranked programs in health, environmental and clinical law. In addition, she led a strategic partnership with the University of Maryland, College Park, to establish a Master of Science in Law program for non-legal professionals.

In 2012 and 2013, Haddon was honored by the National Jurist as one of the “25 Most Influential People in Legal Education.” In 2012, the Daily Record of Baltimore named her one of the “Top 100 Women” in Maryland.

Haddon has held leadership positions in the Association of American Law Schools, the American Bar Association Section on Legal Education and Admission to the Bar and the Society of American Law Teachers – which honored her with its “Great Teacher Award” in 2011.

“It is an honor to be given the opportunity to lead an institution as engaged, diverse and public-minded as Rutgers University-Camden,” said Haddon. “This is an outstanding university with an important story to tell. It has already demonstrated its commitment to public values and civic engagement. I am proud to continue that tradition and will work tirelessly on behalf of the campus and community.”

Prior to her appointment at the University of Maryland, Haddon was a professor at Temple University’s Beasley School of Law. She taught and led courses in such areas as constitutional law, torts and product liability, as well as seminars in equality and the jury.

She has served on numerous boards, including the Delaware Valley Community Reinvestment Fund, the Women’s Law Project, the William Penn Foundation, the Samuel S. Fels Fund and the Philadelphia Education Fund.

Haddon holds a bachelor’s degree from Smith College. She graduated cum laude with a J.D from Duquesne University School of Law, and she earned an LL.M. (Master of Laws) from Yale Law School.

“I want to thank the search committee and the chair, Todd Clear, provost and senior vice chancellor of Rutgers University-Newark, for their hard work in reviewing the talented pool of candidates and recommending this outstanding individual to me,” Barchi said.