Today is a bittersweet day. We have the pleasure of celebrating the exemplary career and upcoming retirement of Herbert (“Herb”) Cihak, Associate Dean for Library and Information Services and Professor of Law, with a special retirement luncheon. Although we celebrate today, we are simultaneously sad to see him go. Dean Cihak has been a wonderful leader at Pepperdine Law, and he will be greatly missed as he and his wife make their move to Utah at the end of the semester.
On a personal note, for the past eighteen months my family has had the honor of being a neighbor to the Cihaks — we will miss this family both at work and in the neighborhood!
Dean Cihak has three degrees from Brigham Young University and a J.D. from the University of Nebraska. He joined the law school at Pepperdine in 2007 as the associate dean of the Library and Information Services and professor of law. Prior to his arrival at Pepperdine he was the director of the Young Law Library and professor of law at the University of Arkansas from 2004-2007 after serving as the associate vice chancellor for the Library and Information Technology at Louisiana State University Law Center from 2001-2004. He also served as director of the Law Library and Professor of law at the University of Kentucky from 1994 to 2001. During 1988 to 1994, he was affiliated at the University of Mississippi, first as head of Public Services, and then in 1991 he assumed the position of director of the Law Library and assistant professor of law. Prior law library service includes work in Oklahoma, Texas, and California.
Professor Cihak has presented numerous state, regional, and national programs dealing with library and information technology issues. He has written extensively on topics dealing with library management, and marketing. His 2002 book, Leadership Roles for Librarians has been designated an American Association of Law Libraries Series Publication. Professor Cihak served as president of the Southeastern Chapter of the American Association of Law Libraries in 2001-2002, and he has been active in the American Association of Law Libraries.
Best wishes to Dean Cihak on his well-deserved retirement!
Assistant Dean for Student Life