The University of Cincinnati’s Law School Appoints First Black Dean

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Verna L. Williams (courtesy of University of Cincinnati).

Verna L. Williams has been appointed dean of the University of Cincinnati’s College of Law. She is the first African American dean at the law college.

Williams, who has been a faculty member since 2001, had been serving as the interim dean and Nippert Professor of Law since May 2017, according to a press release from the university. She officially started her job as a full-time dean on April 1.

“I am confident Verna’s strong leadership and progressive vision for the college coupled with her legal practice in both the public and private sectors will continue to propel the College of Law forward,” UC Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Kristi A. Nelson said in the statement.

Williams will help implement Next Lives Here, a strategic program to “propel the university through the next 10 years and lead…

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