Mitchell Hamline School of Law in St. Paul, Minnesota on Monday, Feb. 26, 2024 announced Camille Davidson as its next president and dean. She is the first Black woman to serve in the role. Photo: Courtesy Mitchell Hamline School of Law

Long time educator Camille Davidson is the new president and dean of Mitchell Hamline School of Law, becoming the first Black woman to serve in this role at the institution.

She is set to begin her work on July 1, leaving her current role as dean at Southern Illinois University (SIUS) School of Law and replacing Interim president and dean Jim Hilbert.

“Camille emerged as a standout candidate early on in a pool of highly qualified individuals,” said former trustee Jim Jacobson, who led the search for this appointment.

Davidson holds a bachelor’s in business administration from Millsaps College in Mississippi and a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, DC. Before becoming a dean of SIU and serving as a professor at North Carolina’s Wake Forest and Charlotte School of Law, she was an assistant counsel in the US House of Representatives. She also worked as a judicial hearing officer and in health law in North Carolina.

The dean-to-be expressed enthusiasm about her upcoming role.

“I am thrilled to be leading Mitchell Hamline,” said Davidson in a statement. “Mitchell Hamline’s record of innovation and adaptability . . . speaks to its independence and forward-looking approach.”

Davidson began her tenure at SIU Law in July 2020 and recently secured their largest-ever donation of $10 million. Her stewardship led to SIU Law upticks in applications, diversity, and post-graduation employment rates. She says she is excited to bring her talents to Minnesota, jokingly adding that she already bought two winter coats.

“I have a long history of both practicing law and teaching law in various environments and I look forward to bringing my wealth of experience to this region,” Davidson said.

About Panashe Matemba-Mutasa, Mshale Reporter

Panashe is a general assignments staff reporter at Mshale.

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