Michael A. Fitts, dean of the University of Pennsylvania law school since 2000, has been named president of Tulane University in New Orleans and will take over there July 1.
Penn made the announcement late Tuesday afternoon, praising Fitts' leadership of the law school during a time of significant academic change.
"Mike Fitts is an inspired choice to become the next president of Tulane University," Penn president Amy Gutmann said. "He is a skilled and strategic leader whose vision has propelled Penn Law to ever greater heights."
Fitts, an expert on administrative law, has won high marks for greatly expanding the law school's interdisciplinary programs, in which students receive training in academic areas outside law. He also expanded the faculty by about 40 percent, while the size of the incoming freshman class remained about the same, 240.