Interim dean of SLU law school says he will step down

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Tuesday, March 5, 2013

St. Louis University’s interim law school dean is stepping down, saying he made “politically incorrect” statements to faculty and was not a good fit for the position.

Tom Keefe, who took over the temporary post in August, said his inappropriate comments — which included a remark about Indians and another comment perceived as sexual harassment — were misinterpreted.

But he said he was not pressured to resign.

“I have chosen to step down because obviously there have been statements made about things I have done, and in all likelihood I’ve done them all,” Keefe said in an interview Monday. “The problem is I’m just too politically incorrect to be a dean.”

The university is close to naming a permanent law dean. University spokesman Clayton Berry said a search committee has selected two finalists.

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