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Alexandre to lead Stetson Law

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Michèle AlexandreMichèle Alexandre, a civil rights, gender, and race scholar, has been named the next dean of Stetson University College of Law in Gulfport.

Alexandre will be the law school’s first African-American dean. The appointment is effective in June.

“Dean Alexandre brings an extraordinary wealth of vision and expertise to this position,” said Stetson University Executive Vice President and Provost Noel Painter. “Her work in civil rights and gender equity fit hand in glove with Stetson Law’s emphasis on social justice and global citizenship, and our ongoing work for veterans, the elderly, and the environment.”

Alexandre said she is “thrilled” to join the Stetson team.

“Stetson’s commitment to training global citizens and practice-ready lawyers represents a galvanizing vision for legal education in the 21st century,” she said. “The college of law’s priorities regarding social justice, academic rigor, and student engagement are dear to my heart. I am eager to work with all aspects of the law school, the university, and with its amazing alumni to help the law school continue to grow and reach new heights.”

Alexandre is currently serving as the associate dean for faculty development and intellectual life, professor of law, and the Leonard B. Melvin, Jr., Lecturer at the University of Mississippi School of Law.

At the University of Mississippi, she chaired the undergraduate honors curriculum committee, led the honors college faculty, and taught courses in the undergraduate international studies program. She has a J.D. from Harvard Law and was Colgate University’s first black valedictorian.

“Michèle Alexandre will lead Stetson Law in educating the next generation of outstanding Stetson lawyers,” said Stetson University President Wendy B. Libby. “She is the right person to affirm and build on our reputation for excellence.”

Professor Alexandre is the author of the civil rights textbook, “The New Frontiers of Civil Rights Litigation” (Carolina Academic Press), and “Sexploitation: Sexual Profiling and the Illusion of Gender” (Routledge, 2014).

Alexandre also works on issues of sustainability and economic independence for small farmers in Mississippi’s Delta and other areas of the rural South. Since 2012, she has organized the Race and Sustainability Conference hosted by the University of Mississippi.