DEAN BOWMAN LEAVING WVU LAW Today, West Virginia University College of Law Dean Greg Bowman announced that he has accepted the position of Dean of the Roger Williams University School of Law in Rhode Island, effective July 1, 2020. Dean Bowman became a member of the Law School’s faculty in 2009 and then served as Associate Dean of Academic Affairs before his important service in the Dean’s position beginning in 2014. There were many significant achievements attained for the law students, the faculty and staff, the legal profession and the judicial system during his tenure as Dean. The Williams School is the only law school in the state of Rhode Island. The formal news release from the Williams School referred to Dean Bowman in this manner—“Frankly, it is hard to imagine a more qualified candidate to become our next dean.” Dean Bowman is a WV Bar Foundation Fellow and had been nominated to serve as a member of the Bar Foundation Board of Directors with the formal election set for June. In addition, WVU College of Law Professor John Taylor will serve as the Interim Dean beginning on July 1. Professor Taylor has been selected as a member of the 2020 class of Bar Foundation Fellows with the induction Dinner postponed until later because of the COVID-19 virus restrictions. The Bar Foundation’s Board of Directors expresses its sincere appreciation to Dean Bowman for his successful tenure as Dean at our College of Law, thanks him for his beneficial leadership with the Law School/Bar Foundation partnership and wishes him the very best as he assumes his new position as Dean of the Roger Williams School of Law.  

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