Widener Law Dean Linda L. Ammons
has been elected to the board of directors of WHYY in Philadelphia. She will be installed at her first board meeting Tuesday, Sept. 17.
Ammons, who is in her eighth year as dean of the law school, will serve a two-year term on the 29-member board. An executive committee acting for the full board elected her, along with former GlaxoSmithKline executive Dan Phelan, over the summer.
Ammons, a resident of Wilmington, Del., also holds seats on the boards of Christiana Care Health System and the Delaware State Chamber of Commerce, where she chairs the ethics committee. She will help lead WHYY in its mission of making the region a better place, connecting listeners, viewers and readers to the world’s richest ideas and all of us to one another.
“WHYY is a smart and creative voice for the greater Philadelphia region and I was humbled by the opportunity to join its leadership circle,” Ammons said. “Broadcasting was one of my first loves and it is with great enthusiasm that I assume this new role.”
Ammons came to Widener in 2006 from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law in Cleveland, Ohio, where she was associate dean and professor of law. Prior to joining the faculty in Ohio she served as executive assistant to former Ohio Gov. Richard F. Celeste, advising him on legal and policy matters in the criminal justice, regulatory and administrative areas. She began her professional career before law school working as a television journalist in Huntsville, Ala.
The dean is on the faculty of the National Judicial College, the premier continuing education provider for the nation’s judges, and she is a fellow of the prestigious American Bar Foundation. Delaware Today magazine named her one of the “14 Most Influential People in Delaware” in 2009 and last year she was named one of “The Power 100” African American attorneys in the United States. She is the senior woman of color serving as an American law dean.