Jason P. Nance, associate dean for research and faculty development and professor of law at the University of Florida Levin College of Law, has been named the Judge James Noel Dean at Southern Methodist University’s Dedman School of Law.

Nance is set to succeed Jennifer M. Collins, who will become president of Rhodes College in Memphis on July 1. Thomas Mayo, senior associate dean for academic affairs, Altshuler Distinguished Teaching Professor and professor of law at Dedman Law, will serve as dean ad interim until Nance begins work Aug. 10, according to the school.