Bullock appointed dean of Texas Southern

Joan Bullock made history the moment she stepped into Texas Southern University Thurgood Marshall School of Law. She is the first female dean to lead the law school.

“I am privileged to lead TMSL in demonstrating full compliance with ABA Standards and advancing the law school's mission as a school of inclusion and opportunity,” she said. “Thurgood Marshall School of Law must continue its impressive and inspiring legacy of producing leaders in law, business, and public service.”

Bullock was the former president and dean of Thomas Jefferson School of Law during its battle with the ABA before she resigned a year into her position. She oversaw Thomas Jefferson School of Law’s move to its new and smaller space when it could no longer afford its $90 million building in downtown San Diego. It was a part of the school’s campaign to put the school in a debt-free position. 

At Texas Southern, Bullock’s top priority is continuing the school's progress toward full compliance with the ABA.

Bullock's appointment follows acting dean, Gary L. Bledsoe, a two-year chief administrative officer. She will serve as the chief academic, fiscal, and administrative officer of one of the nation's top law schools for diversity. 

She is responsible for leading and managing law school operations, advancing a vision for the school's future, fundraising, and building strong sustainable partnerships with alumni of the law school and University.

She officially assumed her role on Monday, July 15.


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