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Fellows of the Association Award

Peter N. Swan - 1999

Mr. Swan retired in August 1998, after serving for 28 years as a Professor of Law at the University of Oregon. For 18 of those years, he also served as Assistant to the President for Legal Affairs. In this capacity, he was a Special Assistant Attorney General, one of three persons authorized to provide legal advice within the Oregon University System. Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Oregon, he was in private practice.

Mr. Swan’s contributions to NACUA have been extensive. He attended 15 annual conferences between 1980 and 1998, making presentations at many of them. He served as a member of the Editorial Board of The Journal of College and University Law, as a reviewer for the Student Writing Competition, and as a member of the Site Selection and the Nominations Committees. In 1995-96, he chaired the Task Force on Public Issues. Mr. Swan was an active participant in the NACUA Sections on Affirmative Action, Employment Law, and Intellectual Property and Technology, where he served as Reporter in 1994-95 and Co-Chair from 1995 to 1997. He is the author of more than 20 books and journal articles, three of which have been published in the JCUL.

Mr. Swan’s participation in WACO and on NACUANET propelled him into a much more visible presence within the Association. Through both networks, he gave graciously and generously of his time, experience and expertise. He helped colleagues throughout the country to more readily understand higher education law from both a practical and theoretical perspective, and he willingly shared with them his extensive knowledge of case law and regulatory requirements in a manner that made their legal analyses readily discernable.

NACUA is pleased to bestow the honor of Fellow on Peter N. Swan in recognition of his selfless contributions to the Association and to higher education law.