Tuesday, June 19, 2018
Sent on behalf of Michael K. Young, president, and Carol A. Fierke, provost & executive vice president
Upon the recommendation of the Search Advisory Committee and with the approval of the Chancellor and the Board of Regents of The Texas A&M University System, we are pleased to announce the appointment of Robert (“Bobby”) Ahdieh as the next dean of the Texas A&M University School of Law and holder of the Anthony G. Buzbee Endowed Dean’s Chair, beginning on July 15.
Currently, Professor Ahdieh is the K.H. Gyr Professor of Private International Law and Director of the Center on Federalism and Intersystemic Governance at Emory University School of Law in Atlanta, Georgia. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public & International Affairs and a Juris Doctor degree from Yale Law School. He served as law clerk to Judge James R. Browning of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit before his selection for the Attorney General’s Honors Program of the Civil Division of the U.S. Department of Justice.
Professor Ahdieh’s scholarly interests revolve around questions of regulatory and institutional design, especially in the business and financial arena. In addition to a monograph on legal transition in the former Soviet Union, published while he was still in law school, Professor Ahdieh’s work has appeared in leading journals, including the NYU Law Review, the Michigan Law Review, the Minnesota Law Review, the Boston University Law Review, and the Southern California Law Review.
Professor Ahdieh also brings significant administrative experience to his new position, having served as Vice Dean and Associate Dean of Faculty at Emory for seven years. In those positions, his responsibilities variously extended to admissions, alumni relations and development, career development, curriculum design, faculty appointments and development, finance and administration, interdisciplinary initiatives, marketing and communications, non-J.D. programs, strategic and international initiatives, student affairs, and student records.
His appointment signals the next era in the evolution of the Texas A&M University School of Law, building on the successful transition of the last five years. Since joining Texas A&M in 2013, the School of Law has increased its entering class profile; hired a cohort of nationally recognized scholars, who have subsequently built on research strengths of existing faculty; and enhanced its academic programs – allowing it to offer an incredibly rich educational experience to its students and achieve national recognition.
We wish to thank the members of the search advisory committee chaired by Dean Mark Welsh, the faculty, staff, and students of the Texas A&M School of Law, and the outstanding candidates whom we were able to attract.
Finally, we would especially like to thank Professor Thomas W. Mitchell for his service as interim dean over the last year. Through his leadership and diligence, he has helped continue the law school’s transition during a period of impressive growth and development.
Please join us in welcoming Professor Ahdieh to Texas A&M University.