David W. Burcham, dean of Loyola Law School, has been named provost and executive vice president of Loyola Marymount University (LMU).

Burcham has been dean of Loyola Law School since 2000 and was also one of six senior vice presidents of the President’s Cabinet.

His responsibilities will include oversight of academic and student affairs, finance and business and all other internal operations at LMU and Loyola Law School. LMU president Robert Lawton will focus on broadening the university’s visibility and enhancing its many strategic relationships, according to an LMU source.

“Provost Burcham has shown outstanding leadership throughout his years as the dean of the law school, bringing it to national prominence,” Lawton said. “We need him at LMU to manage the explosive growth we have had since I became president in 1999 and as we head toward our centennial in 2011.”

Burcham ushered in a “new era of educational excellence during his eight-year tenure at Loyola Law School,” said LMU. “He oversaw the launch of a host of innovative programs, including the Center for Juvenile Law and Policy, the Business Law Practicum, the Tax LL.M program, the London IP Institute and the LL.M in International Law Practice,” Lawton said.

He received his J.D. from Loyola and went on to serve as a law clerk to both the chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, Ruggero J. Aldisert, and U.S. Supreme Court Justice Byron R. White. Before returning to Loyola as a faculty member in 1991, Burcham practiced labor and employment law with Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher in Los Angeles.

Victor J. Gold, a law professor and a former associate dean, was named interim dean and senior vice president at the law school. A national search for a permanent dean is to begin immediately, LMU sources said.

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