Interim leader announced as Honors College dean moves to University of Akron

July 28, 2015 | News, UToday, Honors, Law
By Staff

As Dr. Lakeesha Ransom heads to the University of Akron to lead its Honors College as vice provost and dean, a law professor is named interim dean of the UT Jesup Scott Honors College.

Ransom joined UT as dean of the Jesup Scott Honors College in early 2013 after a career in corporate, nonprofit, educational and government organizations. She completes her tenure at the end of the month.

“One of the things I appreciate most about my time at UT was the opportunity to work with faculty and staff across the University to create momentum within the Jesup Scott Honors College,” Ransom said. “It is an exciting time at UT. Even though I won’t be here to participate, I am excited to see what the next level will be for the Jesup Scott Honors College and the University.”



Kelly Moore, vice provost for college and faculty relations, academic governance and program review, and associate professor of law, will serve as interim dean beginning Aug. 1.

“Lakeesha’s diverse professional background enabled her to enhance the reputation of our Jesup Scott Honors College, and we thank her and wish her the best in her new position,” Interim Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs John Barrett said. “Kelly Moore truly embraces our culture as a student-centered university and will continue the ongoing efforts to elevate the college as we attract and serve more well-prepared students.”

Moore, whose scholarship focuses on tax and related property issues, joined the UT College of Law faculty in 2009. He has served as vice provost since July 2014.

“I am excited to serve the Jesup Scott Honors College as interim dean,” Moore said. “Building on the momentum of the college and the quality of the already great student experience are among the key priorities for the next year.”

Prior to joining UT, Moore was director of the Master of Laws in Tax Program at Washington University School of Law in St. Louis, and taught courses at both Washington University School of Law and Saint Louis University School of Law. During his career, he also served in the staff attorneys’ office of the Federal Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit, in St. Louis and as an associate with the law firms Sonnenschein, Nath & Rosenthal and the Stolar Partnership in Missouri.

Moore holds JD and master of laws degrees from Washington University School of Law and a bachelor’s degree in communications from Southern Illinois University.

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