Message from Provost Rogan Kersh

Dear School of Law Faculty, Staff and Students—

Hope this finds you all amid a productive yet relaxing summer—campus will be bustling again before we know it! I write to you today with an update on the School of Law Dean search. Below you will find the membership of the search committee.

Search committee for Dean of the School of Law:

  • Ran Bell, JD ‘89, Board of Trustees and Of Counsel, Womble Bond Dickinson
  • Jasmine Burgess, JD Candidate, 2019
  • Ann Gibbs, Associate Dean, Administrative and Student Services
  • Michele Gillespie, Dean of the College and Presidential Endowed Chair of Southern History
  • Laura Graham, Director of Legal Analysis Writing & Research and Professor of Legal Writing
  • Rogan Kersh, Provost and Professor of Politics and International Affairs (Chair)
  • John Knox, Henry C. Lauerman Professor of International Law
  • Rebecca Morrow, Associate Professor of Law
  • Simone Rose, Professor of Law and Associate Dean for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • Sid Shapiro, Frank U. Fletcher Chair of Administrative Law
  • Charlie Trefzger, JD ‘84, P’10, P’12, Chair, Law Board of Visitors and President & CEO, Affinity Living Group
  • Ron Wright, Needham Yancey Gulley Professor of Criminal Law

If you would like to share any input with the search committee, please send email comments to This address is also available for soliciting nominations for Dean–ideally following our forums described below, but nominations are welcome at any time. That address is managed by Sam Perrotta Turner, Director of Strategic Initiatives in the Office of the Provost, who is staffing this search and will ensure full confidentiality of all submissions.

We have scheduled a trio of forums, hosted by the search committee, to discuss the opportunities and challenges facing the next Dean in addition to the qualities and characteristics you would like to seek in that person. There will be two forums for faculty and staff and one forum for students. As with all other senior academic leadership searches at Wake Forest in recent years, we are conducting a national search for this position.

Faculty/Staff Forums

  • Friday, August 3, 12:00-1:00 pm, Worrell 3221
  • Tuesday, August 28, 12:00-1:00 pm, Worrell 1302

Student Forum

  • Wednesday, August 22, 12:00-1:00 pm, Worrell 1302

Sincere thanks to each of you—your engagement and support during this process is vital to complete a successful search.


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