A headshot of Ph.D. candidate Patricia Salkin.


PhD candidate Patricia Salkin is provost of the Graduate and Professional Divisions of Touro College in New York City, where she previously served as dean of the law school. She has published prolifically in the fields of land use and zoning law, sustainable community development, and government ethics.

This program gave me different lenses through which to view my research on higher education and will make it more meaningful and thought-provoking. I made the right choice in coming to University of the Arts.


“Between 2010 and 2019, the number of newly appointed presidents possessing a law degree has surged. The more than 80 newly appointed lawyer presidents in the last 10 years represents a more than 100% increase from the preceding decade, and current estimates are that lawyers now occupy close to 10% of campus presidencies. Before the turn of the century, they were ranked at 1% or less. What has caused this changing tide, and what does it portend for the future of higher education?”


Stephen Joel Trachtenberg, President and University Professor Emeritus, George Washington University

Paul Finkleman, PhD, President, Gratz College

John Sexton, Benjamin F. Butler Professor of Law, New York University


"Lawyers are Leading Higher Education as Advocates Call for More Formal Leadership Training in Legal Education," Best Practices for Legal Education

"Why Lawyers Make Excellent Academic Leaders," University Business

"Pandemic Bar Exams Left Many Aspiring Lawyers Behind," Bloomberg Law

"Should I Stay or Should I Go: Student Housing, Remote Instruction, Campus Policies and COVID-19," The Urban Lawyer

"ABA Does the Right Thing and Stands with Law School Graduates in the Midst of the Pandemic," JURIST

"INSIGHT: Your Next College President May Be the GC Next Door," Bloomberg Law

"How Billy Joel Explains the Suburbanization of New York with Patricia Salkin," Gold/Fox: Non-Billable

"The Bar Exam and the COVID-19 Pandemic: The Need for Immediate Action"

"Licensing Lawyers in a Pandemic: Proving Competence," Harvard Law Review blog

"From the Classroom to the Presidency: Legal Educators Tapped to Run the Campus," The American Bar Association's Syllabus newsletter

"Lawyers are leading U.S. colleges and universities more than ever before. Is that good or bad for higher education?" The Washington Post