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Finalists Announced for MU School of Law Dean Search

January 11th, 2012

Story Contact: Christian Basi, 573-882-4430,

COLUMBIA, Mo. ­— The co-chairs of the University of Missouri’s School of Law Dean Search Committee, Joan Gabel, dean of the Trulaske College of Business, and Thom Lambert, associate professor of the School of Law, have announced the finalists for the School of Law’s dean position.

The five finalists are (listed in order of their campus visits):

  • Gary Myers, associate dean for research, professor of law, and the Ray & Louise Stewart Lecturer in Law at the University of Mississippi School of Law. Meyers will visit campus Jan. 19-20.
  • Andrew Klein, chief of staff, Office of Chancellor, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis; Paul E. Beam Professor, Indiana University School of Law-Indianapolis. Klein will visit campus Jan. 23-24.
  • Robert J. Pushaw, Jr., James Wilson Endowed Professor, Pepperdine University School of Law. Pushaw will visit campus Jan. 30-31.
  • Marcella David, associate dean for international and comparative law; professor of law & international studies, University of Iowa. David will visit campus Feb. 16-17.
  • Beverly Moran, professor of law and sociology, Vanderbilt University. Moran will visit campus Feb. 23-24.

Each candidate will participate in public forums during which MU’s faculty, staff, students and members of the general public will be given the opportunity to ask questions. The first public forum, introducing Myers, will be on Friday, Jan. 20 at 4:30 p.m. in Hulston Hall, Room 6.

Additional information about the search, detailed biographical information about the finalists, and schedules for their campus visits can be found at:

“The search committee has been working diligently to find the best person to lead our law school into the next phase,” Gabel said. “We’re very pleased with the quality of these candidates and expect to successfully conclude the search in the near future.”

“We consistently challenge our students to develop a broad and balanced perspective on the law,” Lambert said. “The next dean of our law school will help us continue our success in preparing our students for a wide range of career options.”

Following the campus visits, the search committee will present its recommendations to MU Provost Brian Foster. Founded in 1872, the MU School of Law is one of the oldest law schools in the country.