ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) – More turmoil at Saint Louis University. The Interim Dean of the Law School called it quits Monday, claiming he was too “outspoken” for the job.
Not long after his appointment, Tom Keefe was quoted in Missouri Lawyers Weekly saying he was independent of the university’s administration, and, therefore, “not Father Biondi’s butt boy.”
But Keefe said Monday that his comment then has nothing to do with why he is stepping down now.
“I say so much stuff, I don’t remember what I say,” Keefe told KMOX’s Kevin Killeen. ”So that means some of these things that I’m suggesting to you are things that have been suggested to me, ‘did you say this?’ or ‘did you say that?’
“The likely-hood is that I did say it.”
Keefe added that onlookers were mortified at his interim assignment at the helm of the law school, characterizing himself as a plain-spoken, ambulance chasing lawyer from Belleville. He took the temporary job after former Dean Annette Clark resigned in a dispute with University President Biondi.
There has been no official word from SLU on the Dean’s departure.
Keefe said he “thinks the world of Father Biondi,” and that the SLU law school “hasn’t lost its way, but is finding its way.”