Michèle Alexandre appointed dean of Loyola University Chicago School of Law

Michèle Alexandre, JD, has been appointed dean of the Loyola University Chicago School of Law, effective July 15, 2022. After a national search led by Isaacson Miller, President Jo Ann Rooney, Provost Margaret Callahan, and the University’s School of Law Dean Search Committee selected Dean Alexandre from a talented and diverse pool of educators and litigators from across the country.

A recipient of Fulbright and Watson fellowships, Dean Alexandre has devoted her career and scholarship to civil rights law, including issues of sustainability, economic independence, gender equity, and social justice. Her service for and with those on the margins is in alignment with Loyola’s Jesuit, Catholic mission and values.

Dean Alexandre will play a critical leadership role in preparing our students in the School of Law to be ethical advocates for justice and equity in an increasingly diverse and interdependent world.

She brings to Loyola two decades of higher education experience from several institutions including Stetson University College of Law, where she serves as dean and professor of law.  Prior to her leadership and academic roles at Stetson, she worked at the University of Mississippi, where she launched the Race and Sustainability Conference addressing issues affecting the livelihood of poor populations in Mississippi and the Southern region.

In addition, she is a prolific author and has extensive experience as a civil rights attorney.

Alexandre will succeed Zelda B. Harris, who has served as interim dean since July 2021 and who will transition back to her academic role this summer. A Mary Ann G. McMorrow Professor of Law, Interim Dean Harris joined the School of Law faculty in 2012 as director of the Dan K. Webb Center for Advocacy and was appointed associate dean of academic affairs in 2018. 

For more information, see the Loyola University Chicago announcement.