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New University of Akron deans are historic, unconventional picks

Emily Janowski-Helen has been appointed Dean of the University of Akron School of Law.
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The University of Akron will have new deans leading two of its five colleges, one an unconventional selection and the other a historic one.

Emily Janowski-Helen has been appointed dean of the University of Akron School of Law, effective February 21, pending approval by the Board of Trustees. She will be the first woman to permanently hold the position of Dean of the Law School.

Also awaiting approval from the trustee, Robert J.

RJ Nemer has been appointed as the new Dean of the University of Akron School of Business.

Janowski-Helen and Nimer are two of three deans appointed since the university’s merger of 11 colleges into five in 2020. Mitchell S. McKinney was appointed dean of the Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences in January 2021.

Janowski-Helen has been at the university since 2017, and currently serves as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Law Technology Programs, as well as Director of the Law Library.

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