Chiappinelli is Creighton's New Dean

Eric Chiappinelli, associate dean for alumni and professional relations and professor of law, has been named dean of Creighton University School of Law in Omaha, Nebraska. His new position takes effect in July 2008.

“I am enthusiastic about taking up my new responsibilities, although I will miss my colleagues and engaging with them in the education of our students,” Chiappinelli said. “So much of my professional life has been at Seattle University School of Law, but becoming dean at Creighton is exactly the right opportunity for me.”

He thanked Dean Kellye Testy for her leadership and encouragement, and she congratulated him.

“While I am very pleased for him, we will all surely miss having him as our colleague at Seattle University School of Law,” she said. “He is an accomplished corporate scholar and beloved professor; these past two years he has also been very helpful on the administrative side of the law school.”

Chiappinelli joined the faculty in 1985, and he leaves a legacy of great teaching and dedicated institutional service. “His talents will greatly benefit Creighton students and faculty as he takes on this exciting new position,” Testy said.

She said she is pleased that Chiappinelli was selected to lead another Jesuit law school, as it shows that Seattle University School of Law faculty is looked to for leadership in Jesuit education.

“We are extremely fortunate to be able to attract a teacher, scholar and administrator of Dean Chiappinelli’s caliber,” said Patrick Borchers, Creighton’s former dean and now vice president for academic affairs.

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