South Carolina hires dean with long history at school

University of South Carolina has hired within for its new dean. Robert M. Wilcox will take over for Walter "Jack" Pratt' on July 1.

Wilcox, a legal-ethics scholar, is a graduate of the law school, and is currently associate dean for academic affairs at the school.

USC President Harris Pastides said Wilcox would "usher in a new era for USC's law school," and noted that his knowledge and experience as a professor and administrator would help guide his leadership.

"Rob's ability to inspire trust and forge relationships will serve the law school well as it moves into a new era, one marked by investments in new programs, facilities, faculty replenishment and expanded student services," Pastides said.

A Charleston native, he graduated cum laude from Duke University with a B.A. in economics and history in 1978 and magna cum laude from the USC law school in 1981. From 2003 to 2008, Wilcox directed the Nelson, Mullins, Riley & Scarborough Center on Professionalism at the law school.

Wilcox also co-authored the book, "Annotated South Carolina Rules of Professional Conduct," which was published by the SC Bar.