These are just some of the accomplishments that Dean Rothenberg has been responsible for during the 10 years that she was dean. These achievements alone are quite stunning. Those of us who have worked with Dean Rothenberg on the Board of Visitors were impressed with her boundless energy, her continuing positive attitude and her dedication to the University of Maryland School of Law.
Based upon these tremendous achievements, the president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore, David Ramsay, was keen on retaining Ms. Rothenberg in the position of dean. One of President Ramsay's great attributes was his ability to identify future leaders of the professional schools at the University of Maryland at Baltimore. President Ramsay determined that Dean Rothenberg needed to be retained at the law school and that she was entitled to a retention bonus. No one wanted to lose Dean Rothenberg at the height of her productivity, as Professor Larry Gibson has noted in his letter to The Baltimore Sun. To President Ramsay the issue was, as it was to many of us who are closely connected to the law school: "How can we keep her longer?" For Maryland to move ahead in all facets of the law school, we need great leadership. Great leadership is hard to find. It may even be harder to retain. That is why President Ramsay exercised his discretion in doing all he could to retain Dean Rothenberg at the law school.