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Mississippi College School of Law


Overview of the Position

Mississippi College seeks a confident and entrepreneurial leader to serve as Dean of the School of Law.  The Dean must enthusiastically embrace the historic mission of the university and possess the personal qualities to inspire the faculty, students, and alumni to advance the academic program and reputation of the School of Law.


The Dean of the School of Law provides the vision to sustain and to lead the school to prominence in teaching, scholarship and service.  The Dean is responsible for strategic leadership, academic excellence, and administration of the School of Law.  The Dean reports to the Vice President for Academic Affairs and is a member of the university Dean’s Council and the Strategic Planning Steering Committee.  The successful candidate will be a thoughtful, entrepreneurial, creative and collaborative leader who sees opportunity in the challenges facing legal education.  Ideally, the Dean should possess experience leading an organization, managing budget resources, and raising funds to advance the organization.


Specific responsibilities are to ensure that the academic needs of students are met; construct and manage budgets for the Law School; in shared governance with the faculty recruit faculty and recommend appointments, reappointments, and promotions and oversee curriculum development; support alumni relations, cultivate external funding sources; see to the general administration of the law school; and interface effectively with the university, professionals in legal education, members of the bar and the state judiciary, and civic communities. 


Overview of the School of Law

The Law School is located in downtown Jackson, Mississippi, approximately 15 miles from Clinton, the home of the primary campus of Mississippi College.  Jackson is the seat of the state’s legal, governmental, and financial community and provides students and other constituents important professional and cultural opportunities.


The Law School enrolled 481 full time students in the fall of 2013 and employs 26 full time faculty members, an Associate Dean, three assistant deans, librarians, and support staff.  Because of the Law School’s location in the capital city of Jackson, teaching in the Law School is augmented by a number of distinguished adjunct professors from the legal community.  The Law School has earned a substantial reputation for legal scholarship and community service.


Similar to all law schools today, Mississippi College School of Law faces challenges, including financial challenges, due to a changing legal environment. The Dean must provide leadership in meeting these challenges and determining how best to adapt to the changing legal education marketplace.


Overview of the University

Mississippi College was founded in 1826, and is the oldest institution of higher education in the state of Mississippi.  Mississippi College is classified as a comprehensive university with 80 areas of undergraduate study, 16 graduate programs, two doctoral programs, and the state’s only Physician Assistant Program.  MC is the second oldest Baptist institution in the nation.  Steeped in a 188 year tradition of academic programs delivered in a wholesome spiritual environment, the university is organized into a School of Christian Studies and the Arts and schools of Business, Education, Humanities and Social Sciences, Law, Science and Mathematics, Nursing, and Graduate Studies. Fall 2013 enrollment at Mississippi College is approximately 5,000 including undergraduate and graduate students.


Position Qualifications

The Dean should hold the Doctor of Jurisprudence or equivalent degree; have a record of outstanding scholarly or other professional accomplishments commensurate with appointment to the rank of professor.  Candidates should demonstrate the capacity for leading a program of legal education, an ability to cultivate external funding, and, in keeping with the mission of Mississippi College, be an active churchperson of good moral character.


Applications should include a letter of interest, along with a current curriculum vitae and the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of five individuals who can address the necessary personal characteristics and qualifications.  Nominations are also invited.  Although the Committee will continue to accept applications until the position is filled, to be given fullest consideration, applications should be received by March 31, 2014.  The anticipated date of appointment is July 1, 2014.   Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.  All correspondence should be sent electronically to:  Dr. William R. Townsend, Chair of the School of Law Dean Search Committee, Box 4005, Clinton, MS 39058.  FAX:  601-925-3958. EMAIL: Applications and nominations will be kept confidential until permission is received to proceed otherwise.


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Mississippi College is a Baptist university and is an Equal Opportunity Employer in accordance with Title VII and applicable exemptions. 

This position is a sensitive one and is subject to a criminal background check and drug screen.