WASHINGTON -- Penn State trustees named an Illinois College of Law professor with extensive experience in international and intellectual property law as the dean of the Dickinson School of Law.
"This is one of the most significant hires in the history of Penn State," university President Graham Spanier said of Philip J. McConnaughay.
McConnaughay, 49, will replace Dean Peter G. Glenn on July 1.
His naming yesterday is one of the most noteworthy changes by Penn State since it merged with the law school in 2000.
Glenn, who has been dean for the last eight years, was a chief engineer behind the merger. He plans to remain at Dickinson and return to teaching.
"I feel very privileged to be asked to join with Penn State Dickinson's faculty, students, staff and alums to make the most of this opportunity," McConnaughay said in a statement. University officials declined to disclose McConnaughay's salary.
McConnaughay has taught at the Illinois law school since 1996.
During that time he established externship programs for students with the South Africa Human Rights Commission and the National Center for Supercomputing Applications.
He has also been a visiting professor in China and lectured on development and intellectual property issues in Asia and Europe.
He previously practiced international law for 17 years, including eight years based in Hong Kong.
"He is an absolutely phenomenal scholar with extremely impressive international credentials in the practice of law," Spanier said.
McConnaughay was one of three finalists interviewed by Spanier for the position.
A search committee reviewed applications from several hundred candidates.