Three takes on U's top lawyer, who is leaving for Johns Hopkins
April 9, 2013 — 10:05am
Three views on Mark Rotenberg, the University of Minnesota's general counsel. Rotenberg is leaving his longtime post for a similar gig at Johns Hopkins University.
From David Lillehaug:
Newly-named Minnesota Supreme Court justice David Lillehaug met Rotenberg in the 1990s, when Lillehaug was a U.S. attorney. More recently, Lillehaug has done legal work for the University of Minnesota. He said Rotenberg is "extremely dedicated to the university," has been a "wise and trusted adviser" to U leaders and serves as "a big chunk of the university's institutional memory."
"He's been the chief protector of the university's autonomy over the past several decades," Lillehaug said.
From Bill Gleason:
Bill Gleason, an associate professor at the University of Minnesota, has been a regularcritic of Rotenberg on his blog, often accusing him of using his post to protect university administrators' bad behavior. He said by e-mail Monday that he hopes Rotenberg's successor works "in a more transparent manner both with the press and the faculty at the university."
"The General Counsel should act in the best interest of the University of Minnesota as a whole," he said, "and not simply be the administration's pit bull."
Survey data from her organization show that Rotenberg's 21-year tenure with the University of Minnesota is longer than average. The average tenure for the general counsel at doctorate-granting universities is 13.6 years, according to a 2010 survey.
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