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USC hires first African-America law school dean

From: UMKC
From: UMKC

(Columbia) Dec. 5, 2003 - The University of South Carolina has hired a new dean for the School of Law .

USC President Andrew Sorenson introduced Burnele Venable Powell to faculty Friday. Powell is the first African-American to head up the law school, which has 750 students and 40 full-time faculty.

Powell comes to South Carolina from the University of Missouri at Kansas City, where he was UMKC's law school dean. Before that he spent 16 years at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as a professor of law.

The 56-year-old educator holds degrees from the University of Wisconsin and Harvard Law School. See his UMKC biography here>>

He says one of his first projects at South Carolina will be to raise the money for a new law school, "We need to raise $20 million. You need to have a plan in place. We are not there yet, but we are going to be there."

Powell is expected on the job January 8th. He'll replace Columbia attorney Francis Mood, who has been interim dean since May.