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Mizzou announces finalists for law school dean

The University of Missouri School of Law announced its top picks for the school’s dean position, including professors from Mississippi, Indiana, California, Iowa and Tennessee.

In July 2011, Larry Dessem announced he would step down as the law school dean at the end of the 2011-12 academic year to return to a faculty position.

The law school’s finalists are:

— 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. Myers will visit campus Jan. 19-20.

— Andrew Klein, chief of staff to the Office of Chancellor at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. He also serves as the Paul E. Beam Professor of Law at Indiana University School of Law-Indianapolis. Klein will visit campus Jan. 23-24.

— Robert J. Pushaw Jr., the James Wilson Endowed Professor at Pepperdine University School of Law. Pushaw will visit campus Jan. 30-31.

— Marcella David, associate dean for international and comparative law and a professor of law and international studies at University of Iowa. David will visit campus Feb. 16-17.

— Beverly Moran, professor of law and sociology at Vanderbilt University. Moran will visit campus Feb. 23-24.

Each candidate will participate in public forums, according to the MU announcement. The school’s faculty, staff, students and members of the public will have an opportunity to ask questions here. The first public forum, introducing Myers, will be Friday, Jan. 20, in Hulston Hall.

Following the campus visits, the search committee will present its recommendations to MU Provost Brian Foster.

“We’re very pleased with the quality of these candidates and expect to successfully conclude the search in the near future,” said the co-chair of the school’s dean search committee, Joan Gabel, in a statement.