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May 19, 2006

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Administrative Experience, Renowned Scholarship Make Him Excellent Choice to Lead, Provost Says

HOUSTON, May 19, 2006 – Professor Raymond T. Nimmer, the Leonard Childs Professor of Law at the University of Houston Law Center, has been named as the center’s interim dean, effective June 1.

The appointment was announced by Donald J. Foss, senior vice president for academic affairs and provost.
Nimmer is a respected national and international authority on computer information licensing, e-commerce, and other information law issues, and is the author of more than 20 books.

“After wide consultation with faculty, staff, students and alumni, it became apparent that Ray Nimmer has broad support to lead the Law Center at this time,” Foss said. “In addition to his strong reputation as a scholar, he has administrative experience and the trust and respect of colleagues.”

Nimmer led the Law Center as interim dean once before, from 1993 to 1995, a period during which he continued to build on the work of prior deans to establish its national reputation for excellence in areas such as health law, intellectual property and advocacy.

“The Law Center is poised on the cusp of a great opportunity,” Nimmer said. “We are gifted with an excellent faculty and student body, as well as programs of national and international prominence. I feel privileged and excited to help lead the Law Center on its continued path toward even further excellence.”

Earlier this year, Nimmer was awarded a Fulbright Distinguished Chair in International Commercial Law at Catholic University, Lisbon, Portugal, one of the most prestigious appointments in the Fulbright Scholar Program. He was the first faculty member in the history of the Law Center to receive an award in the Fulbright Distinguished Chairs program—of the 36 distinguished chair awards available, only four were available to legal scholars. He has also served as a co-director of the Law Center’s internationally renowned Intellectual Property and Information Law Program. That program and the Law Center’s Health Law Program have consistently ranked in the top five or 10 programs in the country.

A search committee for the permanent dean will be announced at a future date.

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