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Kaine announces new job

Anita Kumar

As we reported earlier, Gov. Tim Kaine announced today that he will resume a teaching career in law and leadership at the University of Richmond after the end of his term in January.

Kaine accepted a joint appointment in the university's law school and Jepson School of Leadership Studies. He will also have additional responsibilities in advancing the university's strategic plan, The Richmond Promise.

"I have always been a believer in the power of education, and I am thrilled to be rejoining the faculty of the University of Richmond this coming semester," Kaine. "I look forward to contributing to the next generation of legal scholars and leaders, while helping the University of Richmond advance The Richmond Promise."

Kaine, a Harvard law graduate who served as mayor of Richmond and lieutenant governor of Virginia, previously taught law at the private university, including courses in professional responsibility.

"It is hard to imagine anyone better equipped than Gov. Kaine to help train the next generation of lawyers for those roles,'' said Law Dean John Douglass. "He offers a breadth of experience in government and politics that will bring to life our students' exploration of executive decision-making, legislative process and public policy issues that shape the formation and interpretation of law."

The governor's appointment is a part-time term appointment without tenure. He will teach one course a semester. His first course will be offered at the Jepson School, during the spring semester. He will teach at the law school next fall.

Kaine made the announcement at the university, where he was joined by the school's president Edward Ayers.

Read the president's announcement to faculty below:

I am happy to announce that Virginia Gov. Timothy M. Kaine will return to the University to resume teaching upon completion of his term in office in January.

Gov. Kaine served as mayor of Richmond and lieutenant governor of the Commonwealth prior to his election as governor. A Harvard law graduate, he practiced law in Richmond earlier in his career and also taught law courses at the University in areas including professional responsibility. He will hold a joint appointment in the School of Law and Jepson School of Leadership Studies and will begin teaching in the spring 2010 semester. He will also assist in advancing the University's strategic plan, The Richmond Promise. To all of this important work, he will bring a valuable perspective from his leadership experience at the national, state, and local level.

Deans John Douglass and Sandra Peart join me in welcoming Gov. Kaine back to our community and in looking forward to the ways in which he will bring to life for our students the practice of leadership, decision-making, legislative process, and creating public policy.

Edward L. Ayers

By Anita Kumar  |  November 5, 2009; 2:13 PM ET
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