Cherokee Nation citizen Stacy Leeds reappointed to law school post

Stacy Leeds. Photo from University of Arkansas School of Law

Stacy Leeds, a member of the Cherokee Nation, has been reappointed as dean of the a University of Arkansas School of Law.

Leeds made history in 2011 when she became the first Native woman named as dean of a law school in the United States. She will now serve a second, five-year term at the university.

“Dean Leeds has shown extraordinary leadership,” Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Ashok Saxena said in a press release. “The faculty, staff, alumni, students and others were very supportive, and I am pleased that she has agreed to continue the outstanding work she began five years ago.”

Saxena credited Leeds with helping raise the national profile of the law school. Since 2011, it has consistently ranked as one of the top public law schools in the nation.

With Leeds as dean, the law school also established the Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative.

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