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Expert in international trade law named dean of WVU College of Law

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. –West Virginia University has named Greg Bowman the permanent dean of the College of Law, effective May 1.

Bowman has been serving as interim dean since the previous dean, Joyce McConnell, was appointed provost of the university by President E. Gordon Gee in June 2014. Bowman has been a member of the faculty since 2009 and served as associate dean for academic affairs for a year before his interim appointment.

“I’ve worked with Greg for several years and have always known that he is an exceptional legal scholar, teacher, and leader,” McConnell said. “We conducted a national search for our next dean at the College of Law and Greg just rose naturally to the top of the pool.”

President Gee, who was dean of the College of Law for two years before he first became president of West Virginia University in 1981, applauded Bowman’s appointment.

“Greg is an international leader in global legal education,” Gee said. “He is also an award-winning teacher himself. We are extremely fortunate to have his expertise and enthusiasm as we focus on being a truly international university.”

Bowman was named professor of the year at the College of Law in 2011 and won a WVU Foundation award for outstanding teaching in 2014. In addition to being a nationally-recognized expert in international trade law and remedies, he directs several study abroad programs in the college and works with the Jessup International Moot Court.

“I am so proud to be a part of this faculty and this university,” Bowman said. “We have exceptional faculty and staff at WVU Law, and we attract exceptional students who get a top-notch legal education. I’m really excited to lead the college going forward.”

The College of Law was founded in 1878 and has been accredited by the American Bar Association since 1923. It is currently a nationally-ranked Top 100 law school according to U.S. News and World Report.



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