(edit: looks like Frappe beat me to it. This link is to the article he posted)
Here's a link to the Toledo Blade article on the "demotion":http://www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20050603/NEWS21/506030378&SearchID=73210343746446
Here's the key sentence in that article:
"Both men were appointed to their posts under the previous administration of President Vik Kapoor."
Also, what's up with the Toledo Blade hating UT/Dean Closius? I did a search for articles on Dean Closius, and here are some quotes from ones I found, pretty much wailing on the Dean since the day he was hired:
"Mediocre not good enough" - Editorial, Toledo Blade
"University of Toledo President Vik Kapoorís otherwise commendable purge of the old regime, a crusade intended to chart a new course and make the university a better place, came to a sudden stop at the moat that surrounds the College of Law. At a time when the university languishes yet again in the bottom quartile of U.S. News & World Reportís annual rankings of American institutions of higher education, at a time when the future of the law school itself is in question, stewardship of the college was turned over to a faculty insider with uninspiring credentials. The new law school dean, Phillip Closius, has been a faculty member since 1979, which may make him a survivor but hardly qualifies him to take over the administration and direction of the school."
THE University of Toledo Law School's improved national ranking is good news indeed and indicates the school is moving in the right direction. That is encouraging for the school and the community.
At the same time, it must be noted that the law school moved up just seven spots in the annual rankings by U.S. News & World Report, from 101st last year, to a five-way tie for 94th, and remains solidly in the middle of the pack.
Webster's Third New Dictionary (unabridged) defines the word "mediocre" as "of a middle quality." And that's a textbook description of the UT college of law. But it's getting better and striving to move up. We hope the progress continues.
"He worked for a law firm in New York and joined UT in 1979 as an associate professor, but is not licensed to practice law in Ohio, according to the Ohio Supreme Court's Web site."
I would love to know if anybody has any insight on the Blade....