The University of South Dakota School of Law has named Thomas Geu as its new dean.

Geu is no stranger to the Vermillion, S.D., law school—he has taught there since 1989 and has served as interim dean since former dean Barry Vickrey stepped down in 2011 after 18 years at the helm.

"Tom is a dedicated legal scholar, and his leadership and service to the law school is extensive," university provost Chuck Saben said. "During his tenure as interim dean, he successfully managed the school of law though its American Bar Association reaccreditation process and sustained a superb relationship between the school of law and the state of South Dakota’s bench and bar."

Geu has won the law school’s teaching award twice, in 1997 and in 2010. He teaches business organization law and capital formation. Before entering academia, Geu practiced for five years and clerked for judges in the U.S. Tax Court and the U.S Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.

Elsewhere, Stefanie Lindquist, associate dean for external affairs at the University of Texas School of Law, has been named the dean of the University of Georgia School of Public and International Affairs. Lindquist has taught at Texas since 2008 and served as interim dean from late 2011 to June of 2012. She holds a courtesy appointment in UT’s government department.

"I am very pleased that Dr. Lindquist is returning to UGA as dean of the School of Public and International Affairs," University of Georgia President Michael Adams said. "She is widely regarded as one of the bright young faculty stars in her field, and knows both SPIA and UGA deeply and well. She will be a strong addition to our very good leadership team."

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