GMU Appoints New Law School Dean
Professor Henry N. Butler has been named Dean of George Mason University School of Law.
A longtime scholar in the field of law and economics, Professor Butler currently serves as George Mason University Foundation Professor of Law and Executive Director of the Law and Economics Center. Previously, Butler held appointments at Texas A&M University, the University of Chicago Law School, the University of Kansas Schools of Business and Law, Chapman University Schools of Business and Law, and Northwestern University School of Law, where he was Executive Director of the Searle Center on Law, Regulation and Economic Growth.
Professor Butler is a native Virginian and son of the late Congressman M. Caldwell Butler of Roanoke. He earned his B.A. in Economics from the University of Richmond, his M.A. and Ph.D. in Economics from Virginia Tech, and his J.D. from the University of Miami. Butler has frequently published on antitrust law, corporate governance, insurance regulation, consumer protection, health care, federalism and environmental policy.
“GMU Law is a remarkable institution,” said Butler. “I began my teaching career here in 1986, so it holds a special place in my heart. It is both a collegial and stimulating intellectual environment, and this balance continues to draw some of the highest caliber students from all across the country. Our active national alumni network speaks to the appreciation that our graduates have for the school. For these and many other reasons, I am honored to be selected as its new Dean. I look forward to building on my predecessor’s many accomplishments.”
Butler will succeed Dean Daniel Polsby, who will be returning to the faculty effective June 25, 2015. Polsby said: “I am pleased that my friend and colleague Henry Butler will serve as my successor. Professor Butler has a clear understanding of George Mason’s mission as well as a comprehensive vision for its future. I am confident that he will contribute greatly to the growth and flourishing of the law school.”