New dean for College of Law
January 03, 2012
Christopher Pietruszkiewicz has been named the new dean of Stetson University College of Law in Tampa Bay, Fla. Pietruszkiewicz joins Stetson from the LSU Law Center at Louisiana State University, where he serves as vice chancellor for business and financial affairs and as the J.Y. Sanders Professor of Law. Pietruszkiewicz will start at Stetson this summer.
“I am delighted to join the College of Law with a fantastic faculty that is committed to creating an educational environment where students learn both inside and outside of the classroom,” said Pietruszkiewicz. “I look forward to working with a dedicated staff to advance Stetson’s educational mission and with a student body that will become lawyers and leaders, benefiting the profession and society. I am enthusiastic to work with President Wendy Libby, Provost Beth Paul, and Stetson’s vibrant alumni community to advance the College of Law’s national prominence in legal education.”
Pietruszkiewicz was selected following a national search led by a committee of faculty, administrators, students, alumni, overseers and trustees, chaired by Stetson Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Elizabeth “Beth” Paul and Professor of Law Michael Allen.
“Chris Pietruszkiewicz is recognized and respected nationally as a leader in legal education. I am confident that with his dynamic leadership, the Stetson University College of Law will continue to flourish as an excellent law school and earn distinction as an exemplar of 21st century legal education,” said Provost Paul.
Pietruszkiewicz has served in many national leadership positions in legal education. He has held several roles for the American Bar Association’s Section of Taxation, and he currently serves on the board of trustees for the Law School Admission Council and the Southeastern Association of Law Schools, where he served as president from 2005 to 2006.
“We are excited to have Chris join our faculty as dean, and we are confident that he is the right person to lead Stetson University College of Law during this changing time in legal education,” said Professor Allen.
Stetson President Libby added, “We owe special thanks to the search committee and the members of the College of Law community for their roles in identifying and attracting a new dean of Chris’s caliber to Stetson.”
Pietruszkiewicz co-authored the book Corporate Reorganizations and is currently working on another book on tax issues. He has published numerous law review articles, and frequently presents on tax law and legal education issues.
At Louisiana State University, Pietruszkiewicz was responsible for strategic planning, budgeting, financial planning and personnel matters, in addition to serving on a variety of committees. Earlier in his career, he worked as a trial attorney in the Tax Division of the U.S. Department of Justice and as an attorney/adviser in the U.S. Department of Education.
He earned a Master of Laws in Taxation from the Georgetown University Law Center, a law degree from the Loyola University New Orleans College of Law and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Scranton, Pennsylvania.