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South Texas College of Law Announces New President and Dean

Donald J. GuterMarch 23, 2009-Following a nationwide search, South Texas College of Law is pleased to announce that Donald J. Guter will be the next president and dean of Houston’s oldest law school. Guter is currently on the faculty of Duquesne University School of Law in Pittsburgh and served as its dean from 2005 through 2008. “The Board, faculty, and staff of South Texas College of Law are thrilled to have Don Guter as its next president and dean. We feel extremely fortunate to have a person of his stature and caliber join the college,” says South Texas Board Chairman Mike Hays. Guter assumes his new position on August 1, following the retirement of President and Dean James J. Alfini who has served since 2003.

“I look forward to working with every member of the law school community as we continue to advance the mission of South Texas and its stellar reputation for teaching, scholarship, and service,” says Guter. Founded in 1923, South Texas currently enrolls 1,200 full- and part-time students, and has some 12,000 living alumni. “We, my wife Pat and I, are simply overwhelmed by the friendship that has already been extended to us,” he says. “It is quite evident that South Texas is a wonderful place, and we are both eager to be a part of its future.”

Dean Guter served in the U.S. Navy for 32 years, retiring in 2002 as a Rear Admiral, Judge Advocate General’s Corps (JAG). He climbed the ranks of the JAG corps serving as trial counsel, legislative counsel, special counsel to the Chief of Naval Operations, and ultimately became the 37th Judge Advocate General of the Navy from 2000-2002. He has since served as the CEO for the Vinson Hall Corporation and the executive director of the Navy Marine Coast Guard Residence Foundation. He currently serves as the president of the Judge Advocates Association Foundation, is on the board of the St. Thomas More Society, and chairs the American Bar Association’s standing committee on Legal Assistance for Military Personnel. Frequently appearing in the media to discuss matters of national security and military law, he’s made appearances on network and international newscasts, print media nationwide, and radio programs.

For more information, please contact Sheila Hansel at shansel@stcl.edu, or 713-646-1799.