Thomas J. Stipanowich, President & CEO of CPR Institute, to resign his position

Thomas J. Stipanowich, President & CEO of the International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution (CPR Institute) in New York, will step down from his leadership role to become Professor of Law and Academic Director of the Straus Institute of Pepperdine University School of Law in Malibu, California. His resignation will not be effective until spring 2006 in order to ensure a smooth transition to his successor.

During Stipanowich’s five years at the helm of CPR, the non-profit Institute saw dramatic increases in revenue and expansion of international conferences and programs, including efforts aimed at promoting greater use of business mediation in Europe and China and the creation of a foundation in The Hague. CPR also initiated a Corporate Leadership Award honoring lawyers promoting effective management of conflict, including general counsel at GE and Ernst & Young. In 2005, CPR inaugurated a new web site and a new generation of books on conflict resolution topics under the halo title, Master Guide Series. CPR recently moved to new and larger headquarters in midtown Manhattan.

Stipanowich’s position at Pepperdine will mark a continuation of his role as an “active scholar,” teacher, writer, and neutral in the conflict resolution field. Along with Managing Director Peter Robinson, he will head Straus Institute, an entity that U.S. News and World Report has ranked #1 among academic dispute resolution programs in five of the last seven years. The Straus Institute administers an LL.M. (advanced law degree), Masters in Dispute Resolution, and Certificate in Dispute Resolution for more than 400 degree-seeking students at Pepperdine’s School of Law. The Straus Institute also provides continuing professional education programs in negotiation, mediation, and arbitration to more than 1,000 lawyers, judges, and other mid-career professionals every
year.

Prior to leading CPR, Stipanowich was William L. Matthews Professor of Law at the University of Kentucky, a widely published author and speaker, and an experienced arbitrator, mediator and facilitator.

A Presidential Search Committee consisting of CPR Board Vice-Chair William Webster and three corporate counsel is charged with finding Stipanowich’s successor.

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