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UND appoints Brad Myers as interim law dean

Brad Myers, Interim Dean of the School of Law

UND administrators have appointed an interim leader to run the state's only law school when its current dean steps down this summer.

Brad Myers, UND School of Law associate dean, will move into the temporary role Aug. 1 upon the resignation of current law Dean Kathryn Rand, who announced earlier this year her intent to leave administration and return to teaching after nearly a decade of overseeing the school.

Myers has served in his current role since 2012 and was appointed to the interim deanship by UND Provost Thomas DiLorenzo, according to a Tuesday news release.

Rand will be "sorely missed" said DiLorenzo in the release.

"Dean Rand has been a terrific representative for UND throughout her tenure," he stated, adding that he's worked with Myers in the past on legislative matters and is "impressed with his knowledge and expertise in budget and tenure."

Myers has worked at UND since 2001 and teaches law courses in the fields of tax, business, trust and estates. According to the release, he's active with the local and state bar associations, serving on the editorial board of the official publication of the latter.

He was also appointed first by former Gov. John Hoeven and later by Gov. Doug Burgum to represent North Dakota at the national conference on Uniform State Laws.

Myers stated in the release that it'll be "difficult stepping into Kathryn's shoes."

"She developed strong relationships with faculty and staff to create a team approach," he said, "I will work to sustain that."

Myers' goals for his interim leadership, the release states, are to "maintain momentum on current projects, develop new programs and prepare for the new permanent dean."

The search for that next dean has yet to start but could be launched sometime this fall. UND has recently completed multiple high-level personnel searches and has postponed filling its top university relations job as it awaits further budget instruction from the state.

Andrew Haffner

Andrew Haffner covers higher education and general assignment stories for the Grand Forks Herald. He attended the University of Wisconsin in Madison, where he studied journalism, political science and international studies. He previously worked at the Dickinson Press.

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