POUGHKEEPSIE – The Board of Trustees at Marist College has named David Yellen, the dean and professor of law at the Loyola University Chicago School of Law as the new president at the Poughkeepsie school.
He will succeed Dennis Murray, who announced last year his plan to step down from the Marist presidency on June 30 after 37 years.
Marist Board Chairwoman Ellen Hancock said Yellen “is one of the nation’s top legal educators, an innovative leader highly respected among his peers, and a man of great integrity and commitment to public service.” She said Yellen’s work as a law school dean, a faculty member, and an attorney “gives him a unique appreciation of the distinctive blend of liberal arts and pre-professional programs that define the Marist experience and positions him well to lead the college to ever-greater heights.”
Outside of academe, Yellen was appointed Special Master by Cook County Criminal Division Presiding Judge Paul Biebel Jr., working to identify inmates who may be entitled to new trials, having suffered torture by a former Chicago police commander. He also serves on the Illinois Sentencing Policy Advisory Council and is a member of the Board of Directors of Cook County Justice for Children.