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Change of plans: Haddon heading to Rutgers

Phoebe A. Haddon, who steps down in June as dean of the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, has been named the new chancellor of Rutgers University-Camden.

Phoebe A. Haddon (File photo)

Phoebe A. Haddon (File photo)

Haddon will begin her new role at the southern New Jersey campus July 1.

Haddon announced last summer that she would not renew her five-year contract as dean but would take a sabbatical and return to teach at UM Carey in fall 2015.

On Wednesday, Haddon said she was asked to apply for the chancellor position.

“I have been increasingly focused on the challenges to legal education,” Haddon said. “I have come to understand them as the same challenges to higher education — the issues of escalating costs, the issues of debt, the issues for students… it was a logical next step for me.”

As chancellor, Haddon will essentially be the CEO of Rutgers University-Camden. The state university has one president, located at its main campus in New Brunswick, and one chancellor at each of its two smaller campuses, in Newark and Camden.

“That’s one of real the strengths of the system,” Haddon said. “There is a real focus on collaboration among respective campuses with strong leaders that have been put into place.”

Haddon’s new responsibilities will include fundraising. On Wednesday, she said she considers her role in acquiring $30 million from the W.P. Carey Foundation, the largest gift in the law school’s history, as a lasting accomplishment of her tenure. The gift resulted in the law school changing its name.

Haddon, 63, is the first African American and second woman to serve as dean at UM Carey. She helped start an international law clinic in 2010, with students travelling to Mexico, Namibia and other countries to provide legal assistance for those in need.

“I am very, very proud of what I have done here at the law school here on campus in terms of what we have done for Baltimore and across the state and what we have done to increase national visibility,” Haddon said.

Her successor at UM Carey, Donald B. Tobin, is scheduled to start July 1. A longtime law professor at the Ohio State University’s Michael E. Moritz College of Law, Tobin is a Maryland native.

Haddon’s arrival at Rutgers will also be a homecoming of sorts: before coming to UM Carey as dean in 2009, she taught constitutional and tort law at Temple University’s James E. Beasley School of Law in Philadelphia for 28 years.

Rutgers University-Camden is just across the Delaware River from Philadelphia and has 35 undergraduate and 18 graduate programs serving 6,350 students, roughly 10 percent of the school’s total. The campus is home to southern New Jersey’s only law school.