Judge Alberto Gonzales has been appointed the new dean of the Belmont College of Law, the university announced today. This will be effective June 1.
“Judge Gonzales has already proven to be a tremendous asset to this campus and the broader Nashville community, and I’m excited by the leadership I know he will bring to our College of Law,” said Provost Thomas Burns in a faculty-wide email statement.
The Doyle Rogers Distinguished Chair of Law will replace Jeff Kinsler who served as the founding dean for nearly five years.
“Jeff has proven to be extremely dedicated and quite the visionary in this entire process, and I’m grateful for his good work,” said Burns in the email statement. “He’s decided that he’d now like to step back and rejoin the full-time teaching faculty, acknowledging his preference now for the classroom and law practice over full-time administration.”
Prior to Gonzales’ hiring at Belmont two years ago, he served as attorney general under President George W. Bush from Feb. 3, 2005 to September 2007.
Currently, Gonzales serves as counsel at Waller Lansden on top of his course load, but will resign from that position to focus full-time on the College of Law.
Gonzales is a current member of the Leadership Nashville class and was appointed last fall by Gov. Bill Haslam to the Governor’s Commission for Judicial Appointments and the Governor’s Management Fellows Executive Committee.