Patricia D. White, former dean of the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at Arizona State University from 1999 to 2008 and Jack Brown Professor of Law at the college, was named dean of the School of Law in March 2009. White was the longest-serving dean in the history of the law school at Arizona State. Her leadership marked a transformative and innovative period for the law school, with accomplishments including: the faculty doubled in size; the student-teacher ratio became the third best in the country; interdisciplinary and joint programs in medicine, philosophy, psychology, international law, and real estate development were created; and two centers of excellence—the Indian Legal Program and the Center for the Study of Law, Science, and Technology—became preeminent. White earned her B.A., M.A., and J.D. degrees at the University of Michigan. She has published widely in the areas of tax law, bioethics, philosophy of law, legal education, and torts.
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