SEATTLE - Provost Phyllis Wise has announced that Gregory A. Hicks, professor and associate dean for faculty and academic administration in the University of Washington School of Law, has been appointed as interim dean, effective June 16.
"Professor Hicks will provide a welcome continuity as we launch the search for the next dean of the UW School of Law," said Wise. "President Emmert and I would like to express our appreciation to Greg for his willingness to assume the responsibility of the deanship at this critical time."
Hicks has been a member of the School of Law's faculty since 1984. He teaches courses in property, water law, and public land and natural resources law.
Hicks received his bachelor's degree in 1972 from Yale. He was a recipient of a Rhodes Scholarship and studied at Oxford University from 1972 to 1975. He received a J.D. from the University of Texas Law School in 1978.
Hicks worked at the Perkins Coie law firm from 1978 to 1979 and 1980 to 1984, where he specialized in securities regulation, corporate law and large-scale commercial transactions. From 1979 to 1980 he served as special assistant to the chairman of the Export-Import Bank of the United States.
Hicks is a member of the American Law Institute and has been a visiting faculty member at the University of Texas Law School (2001) and the University of Arizona College of Law (1998). Hicks has served on the boards of a number of non-profit organizations, including The Nature Conservancy Washington Chapter (2000-07) and the Pacific Forest Trust (2001-04). He has also participated on governmental advisory and oversight panels, including the National Endowment for the Arts and the Water Law Advisory Panel of the Washington State Attorney General's Office.