VU taps new law school dean

Former academic associate dean has five-year term

Effective July 1, Chris Guthrie will take over as the newest dean of Vanderbilt University Law School, serving a five-year term.

A former associate dean for academic affairs, Guthrie has been with Vanderbilt for seven years, focusing in the areas of dispute resolution, negotiation, judicial decision-making and behavioral law and economics.

Over the course of his career, Guthrie has practiced with Fenwick & West in California and taught at the law schools of the University of Missouri, Northwestern University and Washington University.

He replaces the school’s 14th dean, Edward L. Rubin, who announced in March that he would be stepping down. Rubin will continue to serve as a professor with the school.