Thankfully, the "Valvoline Dean" - a name he acquired due to the fact that the engine (Seton Hall) does not run nearly as well without him - is moving on to places that will benefit from the gift of his skills.
In the wake of the George Washington Bridge scandal, Gov. Chris Christie recruited Hobbs, 54, to a new position as ombudsman in the governor's office. Hobbs, the governor said, would have free rein to police any wrongdoing, conduct ethics training and improve email policies among Christie's staff and inner circle of advisers.The article says it's only a part-time job, so let's hope Dean Hobbs can find another gig to share his talents with the world. Maybe practice part-time in bet-the-company litigation? Maybe get a spot on Sallie Mae's Board of Directors?
In any event, if there's one thing that's true, it's that if you're looking for someone to police bureaucratic wrongdoing and train others on ethics, it's the longtime law dean of a third-tier urban private school.
Lemonnier said Hobbs chose to step down as dean in part because law-school admissions have stabilized after a period of declines. "Honestly, there is nothing else going on," she said, adding that "it's a good time to hand over the reins."Indeed. Now go and hire someone who can live up to the legacy. If you want, I can direct you to a faculty blog or two where some excellent candidates post regularly.