Amelia Smith Rinehart, '02, Becomes WVU College of Law Dean

New WVU College of Law dean: Fit with WVU, Mountaineer values, and her small-town Louisiana upbringing

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (WV News) — The West Virginia University College of Law turns 150 in seven years. In new William J. Maier, Jr. Dean Amelia Smith Rinehart, President E. Gordon Gee and Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs Maryanne Reed believe they have just the leader to move toward that momentous occasion on a high note.

Gee didn’t hold back on the praise when he announced Rinehart’s hiring, effective June 30.

“From her childhood in rural Louisiana to her role as a problem solver and innovator at the University of Utah, Amelia Smith Rinehart has honed the ideal vision to make our College of Law a leader in 21st-century legal education and an engine for progress and equity throughout West Virginia,” Gee said.

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