COLUMBIA — Professor Rafael Gely is the new associate dean for academic affairs at MU's School of Law, according to a news release.
Gely, 48, is going into his third year working at the law school and has 20 years of teaching experience. Previously, he taught at the University of Cincinnati, the Chicago-Kent College of Law and Texas A&M University.
The associate dean position was vacated after the death of former Dean James Devine on May 12. Devine, 62, died unexpectedly of a heart attack during a meeting of the Boone County Bar Association, according to a previous Missourian report.
At his new position, Gely will oversee the academic life of the law school. Although he is still fleshing out his duties, spokeswoman Casey Baker said he will set the academic calender, schedule classes and exams and prepare the annual law school report to the American Bar Association. He will also deal with students' issues, whether they are personal or academic.
Law School Dean Larry Dessem said in the release that he was confident he made the right choice.
"Professor Gely is a wonderful classroom teacher, an exciting legal scholar and a terrific law school colleague," he said. "He will be similarly successful as associate dean for academic affairs, and we all look forward to working with him in his new position."