Cornell announced today that David Wippman, vice provost for international relations, will leave the University to become dean of the University of Minnesota Law School.
Wippman will remain at Cornell through the spring of 2008. His tenure at Minnesota is slated to begin July 1, pending approval of the University’s Board of Regents.
Cornell’s first vice president for international relations, Wippman will become the 10th dean of the Minnesota Law School. The law school is currently ranked 20th nationally, according to the U.S. News and World Report, but has been without a permanent dean since Alex Johnson’s resignation in 2006.
“The decision to leave Cornell has been a hard one,” said Wippman in a Cornell press release. “Over the past 15 years, I’ve developed close ties with colleagues from across the University, and I feel a deep and abiding affection for the law school and the University as a whole. I hope to maintain my ties to Cornell even as I take on what for me will be an exciting new challenge and a great career opportunity.”
In his time at Cornell, Wippman oversaw the creation and development of international programs that linked the Cornell community to universities in Asia and elsewhere around the world. Wippman was also responsible for the operation of the University’s study-abroad program.
Before arriving at Cornell in 1992, Wippman practiced law in Washington D.C. After joining the University faculty, he served in the Clinton administration as director of the National Security Council’s Office of Multilateral and Humanitarian Affairs from 1998-99.