LSU has named two people to serve as interim “co-deans” of its Law Center.

Former Vice Chancellor for Student and Academic Affairs William “Bill” Corbett and current Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Cheney Joseph Jr. will take the reins, effective next week.

Outgoing Chancellor Jack Weiss, who has led the Law Center for the past eight years, announced last month that he would be stepping down in August. Weiss is expected to remain on the law school’s faculty. Weiss had cited problems with faculty -- namely “major policy differences with a vocal segment of the faculty” -- as a factor in his decision. “We look forward to working together as a team with our faculty, staff, students, and alumni to move the Law Center forward in this time of transition,” Corbett and Joseph said in a joint statement.

Corbett, who specializes in employment and labor law, joined the Law Center faculty in 1991. According to a news release, he his co-dean duties will focus on marketing, business and finance, and faculty and staff development.

Joseph, an expert in criminal law, has been associate dean for the past 15 years. As co-dean, his focus will be on institutional planning and assessment, as well as alumni and community relations activities for the Law Center, the news release notes.

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