The New School announced Thursday that its next president will be David E. Van Zandt, the law dean at Northwestern University. Van Zandt will take over at the end of the year from Bob Kerrey, who in May announced his plans to leave the presidency. Kerrey's announcement came amid growing student and faculty unrest -- including sit-ins and votes of no confidence over a range of issues. Van Zandt has generally been credited with a strong performance as dean at Northwestern, attracting top faculty talent and also introducing new programs. But he has been criticized by some law professors nationally for pushing to end American Bar Association requirements that law schools have tenure systems. Van Zandt has argued that he is not opposed to tenure, but does not believe it is appropriate for the accreditor to have it as a requirement.
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