Carole Shorter, Long-time Dean’s Assistant, to Retire from W&L

Lexington, VA • Monday, June 22, 2009

Carole Shorter
After many years of distinguished service, Carole Shorter will retire from W&L on July 31, 2009. Shorter has long served as the assistant to the Law School Dean.

"Carole is one of those critical individuals who keep a great institution going, working with great dedication and professionalism behind the scenes to keep the Law School functioning efficiently," said Dean Rodney Smolla. "We are defined in our community by the human character of those with whom we serve.  Carole has been a humane, kind-hearted, generous soul to all who have been part of this Law School for the last 26 years, making us all better for it."

Added Smolla, "It is no exaggeration to say that I cannot imagine the last two years without her, and I am personally most grateful for her dedication and professionalism."

Shorter began her tenure at the School of Law in 1983.  During her 26 years as a member of the staff, Shorter served seven Law School deans, including Rick Kirgis, Randy Bezanson, Barry Sullivan, David Partlett, Mark Grunewald, Brian Murchison, and Rod Smolla. 

 "I have been blessed to have been part of the Washington and Lee family and to have had the pleasure of working with outstanding deans, faculty, staff, and students who are among the best in the country," said Shorter. "During these past twenty-six years, I have formed many close, lasting relationships which have truly enriched my life and which I will always treasure."

The School will hold a retirement ceremony this fall honoring her and thanking her for her many years of service.

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