May 26, 2005 11:09 Age: 9 yrs

Professor Alexander Named Interim Dean of Law School

By: Beverly James

On April 21, Dean Thomas Arthur announced his decision to step down as dean of Emory Law School, a position he was named to in June 2002. After serving in important administrative positions at the Law School and the University for thirteen of the past sixteen years, Arthur will return to his preferred role of scholar/teacher.

Provost Earl Lewis has named Professor Frank S. Alexander as interim dean for Emory Law School. He takes the position on June 6. Alexander founded the Law and Religion program in 1982 and currently serves as its co-director. He also is the Director of the Project on Affordable Housing and Community Development. Alexander teaches property, real estate sales and finance, state and local government law, law and theology, and federal housing policies and homelessness.

"I am deeply honored to be asked by the Provost to serve as the interim dean of Emory Law School pending the arrival of our new permanent dean," Alexander said. "I am especially pleased that Dean Arthur will be staying in residence during the coming year and that he has agreed to work closely with me and guide me in this process."

Alexander said he views serving as interim dean as an opportunity to continue the hard work of alumni, faculty and staff to build an outstanding program. "Though it is my hope that my tenure as interim dean will be brief, I look at the coming months as a precious opportunity to build even greater momentum upon the strong foundation of the strategic plan that Dean Arthur, the faculty and alumni have so carefully crafted over the past year," he said.

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