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Academic Dean Representative

Craig Boise

Craig Boise

Boise came to Syracuse University in 2016 as dean of the College of Law and professor of law, bringing extensive experience in academic leadership and a passion for innovation in legal education. In his years as dean here and at Cleveland State University’s Cleveland-Marshall School of Law, he established one of the nation’s two largest hybrid online J.D. programs, the first online joint J.D./MBA program, one of the earliest master of legal studies programs for non-lawyers, the nation’s first law school-based incubator for solo practitioners, and a “risk-free” J.D. program granting a master’s degree in law to students who elect not to pursue a law career after successfully completing their first year of law school.

Boise was recently appointed to the Advisory Council of the newly formed ABA Legal Education Police Practices Consortium, where he will help lead efforts that promote better policing practices throughout the United States. Prior to his academic career, Boise practiced tax law. He earned his law degree from the University of Chicago and his bachelor’s degree in political science summa cum laude from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. He also practiced real estate and police work before pursuing a law career.

Boise is serving the first year of his two-year term as academic dean representative during the 2021-22 academic year. He participates, ex officio, on the Board of Trustees’ Academic Affairs Committee, and reports to the board at Executive Committee and full board meetings.

As of May 22, 2021