Faculty Scholarship: Salkin Publishes Book
Patricia Salkin has authored May It Please the Campus: Lawyers Leading Higher Education, a book examining the history of legal leadership in American higher education. Salkin is a Professor of Law at Touro Law and served as former dean (2012-2016). She also serves as Senior VP, Academic Affairs and Provost, Graduate and Professional Divisions at Touro University.
The book traces the history of lawyer campus presidents from the 1700s to present, exploring dozens of topics such as: where lawyer presidents went to law school; the percentage of lawyer presidents serving at public, private, community, HBCUs, and religiously affiliated institutions; geographic concentrations of campuses led by lawyers, women lawyer presidents, pathways to the presidency for lawyers, commonalities in backgrounds, and more. The author explores reasons for an exponential increase in lawyers serving as campus leaders by examining the growth of legal education and myriad legal and regulatory issues confronting higher education.
Salkin has also launched a blog, Lawyers Leading Higher Education, to tell individual stories.