Epps, who was offered the position after a national search, will replace Judge Royal Furgeson, the college’s founding dean. Ferguson will remain with UNT in a development role.
“Dean Epps embodies our students—from the Marines to her legal career to her academic work, she has shown how hard work and achievement go hand-in hand,” said UNT Dallas President Bob Mong in a press release. “We are excited to build on the sturdy foundation that Dean Furgeson has built in downtown Dallas, and I am deeply grateful to Royal for his commitment to the UNT Dallas College of Law—especially his leadership and passion for our students that has shaped this young law school profoundly.”
Epps, who served in the United States Marine Corps, brings more than 30 years of experience in the law profession to UNT Dallas. In addition to serving as a professor and dean at Florida A&M University College of Law, Epps was a professor and associate dean at the University of Arkansas Little Rock Bowen School of Law and a visiting professor at the New England School of Law and the University of Florida Levin College of Law. She also served six years with the Georgia Legal Services Program, which provides free legal services to low-income individuals.
The UNT Dallas College of Law was founded in 2013 and is based in downtown Dallas.