MACON – Mercer University Provost Dr. D. Scott Davis has announced the appointment of a search committee to lead the process of recommending a dean to succeed Cathy Cox, who resigned as Mercer Law School dean last fall to accept the presidency of Georgia College and State University.

Professor and Associate Dean Karen J. Sneddon has been serving as interim dean since October 2021.

The Hon. Marc Treadwell, chief judge of the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia, will chair the search committee. Treadwell is an alumnus of Mercer Law School and a current member of the Mercer Board of Trustees.

Other search committee members include Macon attorney, Law School alumnus and Mercer Trustee Virgil Adams; Bonnie Carlson, assistant professor of law; Jim Fleissner, professor of law; Daisy Floyd, University Professor of Law and Ethical Formation and former dean of the Law School; Katie Powers, director of advocacy and Law School alumnus; Monica Armstrong Roudil, associate professor of law; Atlanta attorney, Law School alumnus and Mercer Trustee Richard A. (Doc) Schneider; and Dr. Jean Sumner, dean of the Mercer School of Medicine.

“I am grateful to Judge Treadwell for chairing the search committee and for each of the faculty, alumni and administrators who have agreed to commit their time and efforts to this important search. I am confident the committee will recommend a strong candidate to lead our distinguished law school, one of the oldest in the South,” Dr. Davis said.

About the School of Law

Founded in 1873, Mercer University School of Law, named for Mercer alumnus and former U.S. Senator Walter F. George, is one of the oldest law schools in the United States and the first one in the state of Georgia accredited by the American Bar Association. Mercer Law School’s educational philosophy is based on a broadly shared commitment to prepare students for the high-quality, general practice of law in a day-to-day learning environment that is both strongly supportive and consistently professional. Its innovative Woodruff Curriculum – which focuses on ethics and practical skills amid small class sizes – twice earned the Gambrell Professionalism Award from the ABA for its “depth of excellence.” With an enrollment of about 375 students, Mercer Law School is nationally recognized for its exceptional programs in legal writing, moot court, experiential education, and ethics and professionalism. For more information, visit