Duquesne University reappointed April Barton to the Thomas R. Kline School of Law on Monday. She has held the position since 2019.
Ken Gormley, Duquesne's President, said that April Barton was a "stellar leader" and a role model for students and faculty. She provides important guidance to the faculty as well as support to our students in their quest to develop the skills they need to achieve a fulfilling career while also improving the lives and profession of others. April personifies compassion and leadership qualities that we strive to instill in our students.
Barton has led the school to increase enrollment and raise the academic profile for the entering class. The school continues to excel at bar passage rates and employment rates after graduation. It also operates with a shared vision focused on inter-disciplinary learning and leadership development, as well as community wellbeing.
She has also launched a unique leadership fellows program and a micro-credentialing program for business basics with Duquesne’s Palumbo-Donahue School of Business.
The law school received a gift of $50 million from Thomas R. Kline last year. He is a renowned attorney and an alumnus.
Barton stated in a statement that 'our faculty's commitment and passion for our students are remarkable and our staff's and administration's devotion to our program of law education is exceptional'. "Our students inspire me every day and are why I am in the best position of my life. I am looking forward to working with our community in order to make sure our students are prepared to move on to their next career with confidence, impressive experiences and strong networks.