UCT appoints local as dean for Law

2015-07-14 06:00
Prof Penelope Andrews has been appointed as the new dean of the faculty of Law at the University of Cape Town.

Prof Penelope Andrews has been appointed as the new dean of the faculty of Law at the University of Cape Town.

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Prof Penelope Andrews is born and bred in Kensington. She attended HJ Kronenberg Primary School and Immaculata High School before university. Thereafter she left years ago to work overseas where she has headed various departments and made a name for herself.

Andrews will be heading back home soon after she was recently appointed as the dean of the faculty of Law at UCT. She will be starting here at the beginning of next year.

After losing her mother at the age of 13, her brother and sisters were taken in by different family members. In that time life wasn’t easy for her but despite it she managed to succeed. She attributes it to the nuns who became a very powerful influence in her life.

UCT vice-chancellor Dr Max Price has praised Andrews for her achievements, saying she is a noted human rights scholar and advocate who is currently the president and professor of law at Albany Law School in the United States, having formerly served as president and dean there.

“She was previously the associate dean for academic affairs at the City University of New York School of Law (CUNY), where she also sat on the senate. Prior to joining CUNY, she was a professor of Law and director of international studies at Valparaiso Law School in Indiana,” says Price.

Andrews will replace Prof Pamela Schwikkard, whose term comes to an end. She has been dean of Law at UCT since January 2009. Price says: “I would like to take this opportunity to thank Prof Schwikkard for her excellent management of the faculty and to wish her a happy transition back into full-time legal scholarship.”

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