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Carrying on tradition

Suzanne Reynolds ('77)

Suzanne Reynolds ('77) is widely respected for her scholarship and teaching about family law and for her public service.

Wake Forest University School of Law Professor Suzanne Reynolds will begin her term as the law school’s Executive Associate Dean for Academic Affairs on Thursday, July 1, 2010.

Reynolds joined Wake Forest law school in 1981. She is widely respected for her scholarship and teaching about family law and for her public service. She was a principal drafter of statutes that modernized the law of both alimony and of adoption, and she co-founded a domestic violence program that received national recognition by the ABA for providing legal assistance to the poor. She authored a three-volume treatise on North Carolina family law that has become the authoritative source for law students, lawyers, and judges, and for many years she has taughtthe family law portion of the bar review course.Her empirical work has focused on outcomes in high conflict custody disputes. Reynolds was a candidate for the North Carolina Supreme Court in November 2008, narrowly losing her bid for that seat.Before teaching, she practiced civil litigation with the law firm of Smith Moore Smith Schell and Hunter in Greensboro, N.C.

Reynolds said: “The biggest challenge in this position is trying to live up to the high standards that the people who have served as academic deans at Wake Forest have set. Three of my colleagues — Miles Foy, Ralph Peeples and Ron Wright — have set a high bar for what it means to be the academic dean at a school fortunate enough to have enjoyed the services of all three. I’ll do my best to carry on their tradition in the exciting times in which the law school finds itself.”

Reynolds takes over the position from Professor Ron Wright, who has served as the Executive Associate Dean for Academic Affairs for the past three academic years.

The biggest challenge in this position is trying to live up to the high standards that the people who have served as academic deans at Wake Forest have set. I’ll do my best to carry on their tradition in the exciting times in which the law school finds itself.

“Ron’s excellent service in this position has greatly enhanced the law school in every way and I am enormously grateful for his tireless efforts,” said law school Dean Blake Morant.

Like her predecessor, Morant said, Reynolds brings great energy and wisdom to the position.

“Suzanne’s respect in all segments, including the law school, university at large, and legal community, ensures her success in the position and the law school’s continued ascension,” he said.

“I thank both Ron and Suzanne for their selfless dedication to the law school.”

The law school will continue to have the benefit of Wright’s counsel and talent as the law school’s Institutional Researcher, according to Morant.

“This role ensures that we will have his expertise as we monitor admissions and financial aid, as well as the data on which the U.S. News and Report rankings rely,” he added. “Ron will also join the faculty advisory committee, which has provided valuable counsel.”

Wright said: “I really enjoyed my three years working with Dean Morant and everyone in the administration. Before I took the Associate Dean’s position, I served on the faculty for many years and thought I knew a lot about the law school. But every day I worked as an Associate Dean, I learned something new and wonderful about the things we do routinely for students and for the community at Wake Forest. What I have learned about my colleagues and students over the last three years will inspire me as I return to teaching and research.”