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March 15, 2005
Contact: Todd Cohen, University Relations, (785) 864-8858.

Former KU law school dean Davis to serve as interim leader in 2005-06

LAWRENCE -- Former University of Kansas School of Law Dean Michael Davis will return to the post this summer on an interim basis while the school seeks a permanent dean in a nationwide search, Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor David Shulenburger announced today.

Davis, who was dean from 1980 to 1989, will succeed Stephen McAllister, who will return to the faculty ranks on Aug. 15 after five years as dean. A search committee will be appointed this summer with the goal of selecting a permanent dean by 2006.

" I'm delighted that Mike Davis has agreed to lead the school while a search is under way," Shulenburger said. "As a former dean, he can step into the administrative duties with little need for a learning curve. As a recent chair of the American Bar Association Standards Committee, Mike is well-positioned to lead the school in preparing for the upcoming ABA accreditation visit. In addition, he is well-known and respected by KU alumni and will be able to continue the upward trend in fund-raising that Steve McAllister has established during his tenure as dean."

Davis, an honor graduate of Kansas State University and the University of Michigan Law School, joined the KU law faculty in 1971. He received the Immel Award for Teaching Excellence in 1991 and was named Centennial Teaching Professor of Law in 1997. He served as the university's general counsel for six years, chair of the ABA Accreditation Committee from 2000 to 2001 and chair of the ABA Standards Committee from 2002 to 2004. Davis also serves as chair of the Douglas County Community Foundation.

The School of Law at KU was founded in 1893, replacing the earlier Department of Law, which had existed since 1878. The school is a charter member of the Association of American Law Schools, which was founded in 1900. The school has more than 30 faculty members and more than 540 students, and it is fully accredited by the American Bar Association.

KU is a major educational and research institution with more than 27,000 students and 1,900 faculty members dedicated to serving Kansas and the nation. The university includes the main campus in Lawrence; the Medical Center in Kansas City, Kan.; the Edwards Campus in Overland Park; a clinical campus of the School of Medicine in Wichita; and educational and research facilities throughout the state.

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