MU Law School dean to resign after summer

7 months 3 weeks 1 day ago May 27, 2016 May 27, 2016 Friday, May 27 2016 Friday, May 27, 2016 11:31:00 AM CDT in News
By: Matt Johnson, KOMU 8 Content Manager

COLUMBIA - The University of Missouri announced Friday MU Law School Dean Gary Myers will resign effective Aug. 14. In the announcement, Provost Garnett Stokes commended Myers for his service since 2012 and success in creating a Veterans Law Clinic, an Entrepreneurship Clinic and center for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. 

The resignation comes amid a lawsuit naming Myers and Missouri Attorney General candidate Josh Hawley, who is on leave as an MU associate law professor because he is a political candidate. Hawley and Myers are named in the suit filed by former Rep. Kevin Elmer which claims the university violated the Sunshine Law over open records.

A spokesperson for the MU News Bureau said the resignation was "no factor" in Myers' decision. MU said Myers will be on sabbatical upon his resignation and will not be teaching.

In his announcement to colleagues, Myers said he would be taking time to work on two books. 

"The Law School continues to build on its many strengths, and I am confident that it will continue to do so in the future," Myers said.

Provost Stokes said Kenneth Dean will take over this fall in the interim and the school will begin a nationwide search for a replacement this summer.

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