Patricia Salkin Named Provost for Graduate and Professional Division at Touro College

March 16, 2016

Central Islip, NY — Patricia E. Salkin, dean of Touro’s Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center was named Provost for the Graduate and Professional Division at Touro College, Touro President Dr. Alan Kadish announced today. Salkin is a nationally renowned scholar, educator and expert in land use law and government ethics. An accomplished administrator, she has held numerous leadership appointments within the American Bar Association, the American Association of Law Schools and the American Law Institute. Salkin also serves as co-chair of the New York State Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Legal Education. She will step down as Dean of the Touro Law Center on July 31, 2016 and a search for a new law school dean will commence immediately.
As Provost, Salkin will serve as the Chief Academic Officer for the Graduate and Professional Division at Touro and provide leadership, policy formation and guidance for faculty and academic programs. Her office will oversee Touro’s research enterprise and budget planning as well as curriculum development and personnel management for the postgraduate academic divisions. Salkin will establish a new level of communication and coordination among the deans of all the graduate and professional schools, in an effort to enhance Touro’s work with State Education Department as well as regional and professional accreditation bodies. She will work with the President and senior leadership team to carry out the college’s academic mission. 
“I am honored to serve as the Chief Academic Officer for Touro’s Graduate and Professional Division and to collaborate with our outstanding academic leadership team to strengthen and build upon the excellence across our rich academic offerings,” said Salkin. “Having spent seven months as Interim Provost, my appreciation has only grown for the outstanding dedication and scholarship of our deans and faculty and the quality of our diverse student body.”
“The opportunity to serve as Touro College’s first provost of the graduate and professional divisions will enable me to work more closely with the deans and faculty to support our commitment to excellence in teaching, research, scholarship and service,” continued Salkin. “I look forward to building bridges across the entire institution, fostering collaboration between all the Touro schools and promoting the growth and development of our faculty and curricular offerings. I am extremely enthusiastic about Touro and its mission and delighted to be an integral part of its continued growth.” 
Since August 1, 2015 Salkin has served as Interim Provost of the Graduate and Professional Divisions while continuing her role as dean of the Law Center. Prior to her appointment as Dean of Touro Law Center in May of 2012, Salkin served as Raymond and Ella Smith Distinguished Professor of Law as well as Associate Dean and Director of the Government Law Center of Albany Law School for 22 years. She previously worked for the state of New York. Salkin earned her BA, cum laude, from the University at Albany-SUNY, and a JD, also cum laude, from Albany Law School of Union University. 

“Dean Salkin is a proven leader who brings a refreshing creativity and a collaborative management style to this office. In the short time she has served as interim provost, she has launched new initiatives to support the faculty and she has helped to support the growth and development of several key programs. I am delighted that Patricia has joined the senior leadership team at Touro and we all look forward to benefitting from her skills, creativity and commitment to excellence,” said Dr. Alan Kadish, Touro President.


Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center’s 185,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art law school is located adjacent to both a state and a federal courthouse in Central Islip, New York. Touro Law’s proximity to the courthouses, coupled with programming developed to integrate the courtroom into the classroom, provide a one-of-a kind learning model for law students, combining a rigorous curriculum taught by expert faculty with a practical courtroom experience. Touro Law, which has a student body of approximately 650 and an alumni base of more than 6,000, offers full- and part-time J.D. programs, several dual degree programs and graduate law programs for US and foreign law graduates. Touro Law Center is part of the Touro College system.

Touro Law’s newly implemented Portals to Practice is a cutting-edge, experiential learning program that reconceives and restructures the law school experience. Portals to Practice expands the scope and quality of legal education by focusing on the development of legal professionals, from pre-law through post-graduation. 

About the Touro College and University System 
Touro is a system of non-profit institutions of higher and professional education. Touro College was chartered in 1970 primarily to enrich the Jewish heritage, and to serve the larger American and global community. Approximately 19,000 students are currently enrolled in its various schools and divisions. Touro College has branch campuses, locations and instructional sites in the New York area, as well as branch campuses and programs in Berlin, Jerusalem, Moscow, Paris and Florida. New York Medical College, Touro University California and its Nevada branch campus, as well as Touro University Worldwide and its Touro College Los Angeles division are separately accredited institutions within the Touro College and University System. For further information on Touro College, please go to:

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