Office of the Provost

Dean of the School of Law

May 14, 2009

Dear Colleagues,

I am delighted to inform you that Dean and Professor of Law Kellye Testy has accepted our offer to become the next Dean of the UW School of Law. The Board of Regents acted on her appointment at their meeting today, and she will begin as dean on September 1, 2009.

As many of you know, Kellye has been a wonderful dean at Seattle University‚Äôs Law School since 2005, where she has been on the faculty since 1992. As dean at Seattle University, Kellye has increased the school’s reputation and accomplishments regionally, nationally, and internationally. She has raised the school’s rankings, improved its advancement operations, elevated faculty scholarship, and enhanced institutional pride and morale.

Kellye received her bachelor’s degree in journalism from Indiana University in 1982. She received her J.D. from the Indiana University School of Law in 1991, graduating summa cum laude. Following graduation from law school, she clerked for the Honorable Jesse E. Eschbach on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in 1991 and 1992.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Interim Dean Greg Hicks for his steadfast leadership of the School over the last two years. Interim Dean Hicks will continue to serve in this capacity until August 31, 2009.

President Emmert and I thank you for your terrific support, especially during this extended search. Please join us in welcoming Dean Testy to the UW School of Law!


Phyllis M. Wise
Provost and Executive Vice President