President and Dean

Position Overview

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California Western School of Law’s Board of Trustees invites inquiries, nominations, and applications for the position of President and Dean (President/Dean). The Law School seeks an entrepreneurial leader with a bold vision to guide the institution into the next decade.

This opportunity comes at a unique time in the history of the law school as California Western prepares to celebrate its centennial in 2024. The oldest law school in San Diego, California Western is best known for its nationally acclaimed hands-on programs and clinics, diverse community, and cross-border influence. California Western is a member of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS), accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA) and is a candidate for accreditation by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC).

Our urban campus is located near the heart of downtown San Diego, only blocks from both State and Federal courthouses, as well as city administration offices. This provides the perfect opportunity for students, alumni, and faculty to establish and nurture strong connections within the city’s legal community. And with miles of beaches, acres of parks, great weather, and numerous culturally rich and diverse offerings, San Diego – America’s Finest City – provides the ideal environment for a rewarding work-life balance.

The next President/Dean must embrace California Western’s current strengths and fulfill specific expectations that are tied to its vision for the future. This individual will also be responsible for leading the process of identifying California Western’s future opportunities as they align with the vision. The President/Dean will capitalize on strengths in pursuit of these opportunities that raises the profile of the institution, adds value to the alumni’s degrees, increases support for the school, and attracts students who are drawn to the unique educational opportunities California Western provides.

Prospective candidates are encouraged to review the search profile found at the top of this page. It outlines expectations and qualifications and includes detailed instructions for application.

Nominations and Applications

The California Western President/Dean Search Committee will begin reviewing and evaluating applications as they are received and will continue to accept and review credentials until the position is filled. To ensure fullest consideration, candidates are advised to submit their materials by October 4, 2019.  All inquiries and applications will be received and evaluated in confidence. 

Applications should be submitted electronically in PDF format to: 


  • A letter of interest that effectively demonstrates how the candidate is a good match for the position described in the profile.
  • A current CV or resume.
  • Names and contact information (telephone and e-mail) for five references, none of whom will be contacted until a later stage of the search or without the formal permission of the candidate.
  • A diversity statement.

Dr. Richard A. Wueste and Dr. Ronald Carter are assisting with this search. Nominators and prospective candidates may contact Dr. Wueste at: or (540) 431-5131 and Dr. Carter at: or (704) 930-6515.

CWSL expressly prohibits discrimination on the basis of age; ancestry; citizenship status; color; creed; disability or medical condition; gender; pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions; gender identity or expression; marital, military or parental status; national origin; race; religion; sexual orientation, or any other basis prohibited by law.