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Dickinson School of Law's interim dean to start Thursday

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The interim boss at the Penn State Dickinson School of Law is set to take over this week.

Retired Vice Adm. James Houck.
Retired Vice Adm. James Houck. - ()

Retired Vice Adm. James Houck, a former Judge Advocate General of the United States, will take over as the school's interim dean, presiding over both of the school's campuses starting Thursday.

In 2012, Houck came on as the “distinguished scholar in residence” of the school with his office based in University Park. His new title gives him oversight of both of the school’s campuses, in Carlisle and in University Park.

Houck replaces former dean Philip McConnaughay, who will start a new position at Peking University's School of Transitional Law in China, also on Thursday.

School officials said there is no timetable for the naming of a permanent dean.

Houck came to the school immediately after his military career, where he served as the 41st Judge Advocate General of the U.S. Navy from August 2009 to July 2012.

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