By NEMS Daily Journal
OXFORD – I. Richard Gershon, founding dean of the Charleston (S.C.) School of Law, has been named the new dean of the University of Mississippi School of Law. Gershon’s appointment begins July 1, pending approval by the state College Board. He replaces Samuel Davis, who is returning to teaching.
Gershon also served in administrative and academic roles at Texas Wesleyan University, Stetson University and Ohio Northern University law schools.
“He is an experienced dean, a respected scholar and proven leader,” said Morris Stocks, provost and vice chancellor of academic affairs.
Alice Clark, vice chancellor for research and sponsored programs, said Gershon brings “leadership, experience, understanding of legal education trends and issues, reputation as a legal scholar and selfless commitment.”
Gershon said he applied “because the law school and the university both have great reputations.”
He earned his Master of Laws degree in taxation from the University of Florida, his juris doctorate from the University of Tennessee and his bachelor’s degree from the University of Georgia.
The winner of many professional awards, Gershon has authored or co-authored five books, primarily on estate planning and taxation law. An active member of his community, he is married to the former Donna Levine. They have two daughters: Claire, 11, and Eve, 9.