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Goplerud to lead Coastal.

Peter Goplerud will become dean of Florida Coastal School of Law July 1, 2004.

Goplerud comes to Jacksonville from Drake University Law School in Des Moines, Iowa, where he was the dean and a sports law professor. Goplerud will take the place of interim Dean Dennis Stone, who took over the role last August while the school searched for new leadership.

FCSL hired Korn/Ferry International last fall to assist the search committee, consisting of faculty, staff, and FCSL board members, in selecting candidates. Goplerud was chosen after the committee interviewed numerous applicants that were selected from the nationwide search. Although he will officially start his deanship in July, he has already begun working with Stone.

"The opportunity to be a part of such an exciting venture that has been led by such a bright and entrepreneurial administration, coupled with the solid foundation that Florida Coastal School of Law has is phenomenal," Goplerud said. "Florida Coastal produces students that are practice-ready and can hit the ground running, which is an important factor to me. I am ready to build on what has been established here and embrace the innovative, student-centered and multi-cultural atmosphere that is Florida Coastal."

While teaching at Drake University Law School, Goplerud was a visiting professor at Universite d' Auvergne in Clermont-Ferrand, France, and also at the Universite d'Nantes in Nantes, France. Previous to that, he was the dean and also a professor of sports law at the University of Oklahoma College of Law. Goplerud has also taught at Saint Louis University School of Law, Southern Illinois University School of Law, where he served As an associate and interim dean, and the University of Akron School of Law, Akron, Ohio. He graduated from the University of Kansas with his juris doctor and is admitted to practice law in Iowa, Colorado, and Kansas.

Goplerud has been active with the Association of American Law Schools and the American Bar Association, including the Section on Legal Education and Admission to the Bar and its law school evaluation process. He specializes in sports law and environmental law and is widely published in both areas. He is also a member of the board of directors of the Sports Lawyers Association.

Stone, who will continue to teach classes at FCSL, will take on a new position with the Legal Education Holding Corp., which was created earlier this year when FCSL announced that Sterling Capital Partners, LP of Northbrook, Illinois, had acquired it. The acquisition made FCSL the first fully accredited law school to be acquired by private capital.

Sterling has since positioned itself to develop similar law schools in other markets, such as Phoenix and Charlotte, that it believes are under-served by the legal education industry, either, by creating new or acquiring existing schools. The growth will be managed by Legal Education Holding Corp.

Founded in 1994, FCSL is an independent, private and co-educational institution that received full ABA accreditation in August 2002.
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