SMU names new VP for Legal Affairs

Paul WardPaul Ward, vice president for university administration and general counsel at Arizona State University, has been named SMU’s vice president for legal affairs, general counsel and secretary to the Board of Trustees, effective Jan. 1, 2009.

Ward received his J.D. degree from the SMU School of Law in 1975. He has been admitted to practice law in Texas, Arizona, South Carolina, Indiana, the District of Columbia and the United States Supreme Court. He succeeds Leon Bennett, SMU’s vice president for legal affairs and governmental relations, general counsel and secretary to the Board of Trustees. Bennett has been with the University since 1983 and will retire Dec. 31, 2008.

At SMU, Ward will oversee legal services to the University, including the supervision of three staff attorneys, and selection and management of outside counsel. Additionally, as Secretary to the Board of Trustees, he will work closely with the president and senior administrative officers in coordinating the Board’s activities.

“We are pleased to welcome Paul Ward to SMU,” said SMU President R. Gerald Turner. “As an SMU law alumnus, he knows the University, and his extensive background in legal affairs at other universities gives him the knowledge and experience to lead SMU’s legal affairs division.”

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