South Texas College of Law Houston named Michael F. Barry, assistant dean and practitioner in residence at St. Mary’s University School of Law, as its new dean and president. He will assume the new roles prior to the 2019-2020 school year and will replace Don Guter, who has served as dean since 2009.

“I am delighted and fully confident in turning over the reins of South Texas College of Law Houston to Mike Barry, a proven and successful leader, businessman, and scholastic innovator,” Guter said in a press release. “His impressive track record of integrity, leadership, and ingenuity will serve STCL Houston and its students well as they approach the law school’s 100th year of excellence in legal education.”

Barry was a member of the faculty of St. Mary’s University School of Law for four years. During his tenure there, he implemented Law Success, a three-year program designed to enable students to be successful in law school, on the bar exam, and in practice.

“I am honored to join the South Texas College of Law Houston family and look forward to becoming part of the Houston community,” Barry said in a press release. “The law school has a strong track record of exceptional teaching and scholarship, and South Texas graduates are known as capable, dedicated attorneys committed to serving their clients and their community. I am excited to work with the faculty, staff, students, alumni, and community in support of the school and its students.”

Prior to St. Mary’s, Barry served as senior vice president and general counsel to USAA and as director, assistant general counsel, and associate general counsel to Capital One Services. He received his law degree from Yale Law School.

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