The following letter from UCLA Chancellor Gene D. Block was sent Sept. 8, 2009:
It is with a sense of loss for UCLA that Scott Waugh and I share with you the news that Michael Schill, dean of the UCLA School of Law, has announced his intention to resign at the end of the calendar year to become dean of the University of Chicago Law School.
Under Mike's leadership over the last five-plus years and through his passionate commitment to excellence, the UCLA School of Law has advanced in a number of important ways. It has received a record number of applications and enhanced the academic culture among students, recognizing achievement and substantially increasing the number of judicial clerkships obtained by students. The credentials of the class of 2012 are stronger than those of any previous class.
During this time, the school also has established two new research centers, begun three new academic programs and expanded the graduate program in law. A $100 million endowment campaign begun last year — the school's first — has already achieved more than 65 percent of its goal.
Mike has enhanced UCLA's excellence by recruiting faculty from some of the nation's leading law schools, as well as establishing 13 endowed chairs. During his tenure, the school has increased its racial and ethnic diversity among students.
During the coming week, Scott and I will meet with the leadership of the law school to discuss plans for the future. We are confident that the school will continue to thrive, building upon the solid foundation that Mike and his colleagues and predecessors have built.
On behalf of UCLA leadership and the entire university, we want to thank Mike for his exemplary service and extraordinary contributions and wish him every success in his new endeavor.
Gene D. Block