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Dean of Penn State’s law school leaving for position in China

The dean of Penn State’s law school is leaving for a job in China, the university announced Thursday.

Philip McConnaughay has been the dean of the Dickinson School of Law since 2002, and he will start in August as the dean of Peking University’s School of Transnational Law in Shenzhen, China.

During McConnaughay’s tenure, Penn State expanded the Carlisle-based law school by adding a campus at University Park. Penn State built the Lewis Katz Building, which opened in January 2009, to house the law school here.

McConnaughay also was a founding dean of the School of International Affairs at Penn State.

University President Rodney Erickson said McConnaughay should be proud of how the law school grew under his tenure.

“This rare opportunity for him to influence legal education on a global scale certainly speaks volumes about his expertise and skills,” Erickson said in a statement. “It is definitely our loss and Peking University’s gain in hiring such a distinguished legal educator to lead their law school.”

Penn State spokeswoman Lisa Powers said McConnaughay’s last day at Penn State will be Aug. 31. Plans to replace McConnaughay have not been formed yet, she said.