Provost announces search committee for Dean of Mercer Law School

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

Professor and Associate Dean Karen J. Sneddon has served as Acting Dean since October 2021.

The deputy. Marc Treadwell, Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Intermediate District of Georgia, will chair the search committee. Treadwell is an alumnus of Mercer Law School and a current member of Mercer’s Board of Directors.

Other members of the search committee include Macon’s attorney, law school alumnus and Mercer Trustee Virgil Adams; Bonnie Carlson, Assistant Professor of Law; Jim Fleissner, professor of law; Daisy Floyd, university professor by training in law and ethics 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 administrator Richard A. (Doc) Schneider; and Dr. Jean Sumner, dean of the Mercer School of Medicine.

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

About the School of Law

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

Jon J. Epps