WVU law school leader Bowman leaving, First Amendment in schools expert promoted to interim dean

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West Virginia University College of Law Dean Greg Bowman is leaving to lead another law school, and WVU has promoted a longtime faculty member to interim dean, WVU announced Monday.

Bowman, who’s been dean at WVU since mid-2014, will lead Roger Williams University School of Law starting July 1, that private Rhode Island school announced Monday.

He said he wasn’t asked to leave WVU. He’s a WVU graduate, he’s worked there since 2009, and West Virginia is his home state.

But Bowman said he was attracted to Roger Williams’ “entrepreneurial spirit of public service.”

He said that, like the WVU College of Law, it’s the only law school in the state. He said it also has close ties to state and federal government along with cross-disciplinary programs in areas like maritime law and architecture law, plus it has law clinics and externships that help represent those who can’t afford lawyers.

“It’s an opportunity to explore a new adventure,” he said.

According to the West Virginia State Auditor’s website, Bowman made $312,000 in total compensation last fiscal year. He declined to say what he will make at Roger Williams, citing that university’s policy, and that university itself declined to provide that number Monday.

WVU said in a news release that John Taylor, who has been a WVU law school faculty member since 2002 and served two past stints as the law school’s associate dean for academic affairs, will become interim dean.

WVU said it plans to start a national search for a permanent dean in the fall semester.

Taylor writes primarily about First Amendment issues in public schools, the release said. It said the law school named him Professor of the Year in 2017.

His law degree was with highest honors from the University of North Carolina, and he has a masters degree and a doctorate in religious studies from Stanford University, the release said.

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