Allan Walker Vestal, whose
appointment is effective July 1, currently is associate dean and professor at the
Washington and Lee University School of Law.
The Board of Trustees
appointed two new endowed chairs at Tuesday's meeting. For the story on the new James F.
Hardymon Endowed Chair in Networking, click here.
For the story on the new
College of Education endowed chair, click here.
25, 2000 (Lexington, Ky.) The
University of Kentucky Board of Trustees today appointed Allan Walker Vestal, who is
associate dean and professor at the Washington and Lee University School of Law in
Lexington, Va., as the 11th dean of the UK College of Law.
appointment is effective July 1. He replaces
David Shipley who resigned in June 1998. UK
law professors Robert Schwemm and Eugene Gaetke served as interim deans during the
national search for the new law dean of the college that has 388 current students and
5,549 living alumni.
Vestal received a bachelor of arts and a doctorate of jurisprudence from Yale University. He worked as an associate for Foley & Lardner
in Milwaukee, Wis., and as an associate and partner with Shuttleworth & Ingersoll in
Cedar Rapids, Iowa, before joining the faculty at Washington and Lee in 1989. Vestal's expertise is in partnership law and he
has co-authored two books on the subject.
board approved the appointment of new faculty members filling two new UK endowed chairs
that were established with matching funds from the Research Challenge Trust Fund. Henry G. Dietz, a former Purdue University
professor, was appointed to the James F. Hardymon Chair in Networking in the College of
Engineering, electrical engineering department.
Stephen Hasselbring was recruited from the faculty of Peabody College of Vanderbilt
University to fill an endowed chair in the College of Education. His expertise is in special education.
other action, the UK board:
the Margaret I. King North library building the Lucille Caudill Little Fine Arts Library
and Learning Center to honor the UK arts patron and well-known Lexington philanthropist
who donated $1 million to UK in 1994 to renovate the building for use by the College of
gifts and pledges totaling $1,915,000, including $300,000 to be applied to a previously
established professorship in the James W. Martin School of Public Policy and
Administration honoring former Kentucky U.S. Sen. Wendell H. Ford.
a gift of $104,105 from George and Betty Blanda of La Grange Park, Ill., to create and
endow the George and Betty Blanda Professorship in Education in the College of Education
and provide a $4,105 to the UK Dance Ensemble. George
Blanda was a star football player for UK from 1945 to 1948 who played a record-setting 26
seasons in the National Football League. Mrs.
Blanda was a member of a modern dance group at UK that preceded the Dance Ensemble;
a $1 million pledge from Chris T. Sullivan of Tampa, Fla., for the Sigma Alpha Epsilon
fraternity house construction fund. Sullivan,
a 1972 UK graduate, is a member of SAE and is the founder of the Outback Steak House
restaurant chain, and
pledge of $250,000 in equipment from Lexmark, the Lexington-based computer printer
manufacturing company. The Lexmark equipment
is designated for the College of Engineering's new mechanical engineering/student commons