Barnard College names UF dean as next president 

UF Levin College of Law Dean Laura Rosenbury
UF Levin College of Law Dean Laura Rosenbury was selected as Barnard College's next president.
Courtesy of UF

Barnard College recently selected UF Dean Laura Rosenbury as its next president.  

Rosenbury, the dean of UF Levin College of Law, has been with UF since 2015. She was the first woman to hold the permanent position as dean at UF Law. 

Barnard College – located in New York City – is a private women’s liberal arts college. 

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“It’s an honor to be named Barnard College’s next president, and I look forward to carrying forth its legacy as the leading academic institution for the advancement of women,” said Rosenbury in a UF press release. “It was immediately clear how committed and close-knit the Barnard community is, and I’m deeply grateful to the Board of Trustees and Search Committee for entrusting me to continue Barnard’s undeniable trajectory as a global frontrunner in preparing women to make their mark on the world.” 

During her time as dean, Rosenbury helped to increase student applications by 200% and propelled the school into the top 25 law schools in the nation. Under her leadership, UF Levin College of Law jumped 27 spots in the U.S. News law school rankings from No. 48 to No. 21 among all law schools and from No. 24 to No. 6 among public law schools, according to a UF press release.  

“I have watched Laura Rosenbury take the Levin College of Law to remarkable heights, elevating its stature to among the top law schools in the country,” said UF President Emeritus Kent Fuchs in the press release. “She is student focused and truly a gifted leader who exceeds her stated goals in breath-taking fashion. I commend Barnard College for selecting Laura Rosenbury as its next president, and I eagerly look forward to seeing the great things she will accomplish there.” 

Rosenbury, 53, also oversaw the creation of a full-tuition scholarship program for graduates of historically black colleges and universities that have now successfully enrolled two classes of John Lewis Fellows. Rosenbury also established the funding and development of a Racial Justice Research Assistant Program that pairs students with faculty members researching systemic racism and other forms of racial inequity.  

 “We’ve got big shoes to fill in the upcoming dean search, but we’re proud of our friend and colleague,” said UF President Ben Sasse in a press release.  

Rosenbury will be Barnard College’s ninth president in its 134-year history. She will assume the new role on July 1.  

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