Interim dean at Charlotte School of Law resigns after less than a month on the job

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The interim dean of Charlotte School of Law abruptly resigned on Thursday after he worked in the position less than a month.

D. Scott Broyles announced his decision in a short email to faculty and students, Above the Law reports. He will remain at the school as a faculty member.

Broyles’ email didn’t give a reason for the resignation, but Broyles told local publications he left because he felt he could no longer be effective in his job. Broyles commented via email or in interviews with the Charlotte Observer, WFAE and the Charlotte Business Journal.

The ABA Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar had placed the school on probation last November. Then in December, the Department of Education ended the law school’s participation in the federal student loan program.

Broyles told the Charlotte Observer that he had disagreements with the administration over strategy, and his “frank” comments about the school’s problems had ruffled feathers. He also said he was frustrated by the inability of students to participate in the loan program.

Hundreds of law students transferred after the loan cutoff, and those who stayed struggled financially, according to the Charlotte Observer. Faculty and some administrators set up an emergency food bank for students. The school currently has 220 students, down from 787 students at this time last year, according to the Charlotte Business Journal.

Broyles said he thought he had reached an agreement with federal education officials to extend loans to students who received them last semester, but so far the money has not been released.

“A lot of straws continued to pile on the camel’s back,” he told the Charlotte Observer. “If I felt I could effect anything positive for the school at this point, I would not have resigned. I’m not able to do that anymore.”

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