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The University of Wyoming College of Law has a new dean. 

Klint Alexander, a political science and international law lecturer from Vanderbilt University, will take over July 1, the school announced Tuesday.  

As an attorney for the Tennessee office of the law firm Baker Donelson, Alexander's expertise is in global business affairs. 

He graduated from the University of Virginia's law school, Cambridge University and Yale. 

The announcement comes after the law school's previous dean, Steve Easton, resigned in November of 2013.

Easton's resignation resulted from a rocky relationship with the college's former president Bob Sternberg and disagreement over a task force assembled to look at the school. 

As the fifth college dean to step down in Fall 2013, Easton's resignation sparked protest from law students and brought to light a culture of distrust that developed under the president.

Sternberg resigned later that month, only 137 days after taking the job. UW's current president, Dick McGinity, became acting president. 

University officials expressed their excitement to bring the new dean on board. 

“Dr. Alexander brings a wealth and variety of experience, along with enthusiasm and vision, that will allow our strong College of Law to continue moving forward,” said David Jones, vice president for academic affairs, in a press release.

“We’re excited about what the future of the college holds under his leadership," he continued.  

Alexander was among four finalists for the position in January.

Alexander is the third dean to be hired this year. The school since January has hired deans for the engineering school and business school, but officials are still looking to fill the dean slot for the college of education. 

That position became vacant when the former dean, Kay Persichitte, was asked to step down in 2013 by the interim provost hired under Sternberg.

The school announced finalists for the position earlier this week. They are: 

  • Matt Keefer, professor and former chair of the Division of Educational Psychology, Research and Evaluation at the University of Missouri-St. Louis;
  • Verl Pope, professor of counseling and chair of the Department of Counseling, Social Work and Leadership at Northern Kentucky University; and
  • Paul Gore, associate professor of educational psychology and director of the Office of Institutional Analysis at the University of Utah. 

Follow education reporter Nick Balatsos on Twitter @Nick_Balatsos.


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