Martin Brinkley will serve as the new dean of the UNC School of Law.
Brinkley graduated from UNC's law school in 1992 and worked in private practices for 22 years. He is a partner in the law firm of Smith, Anderson, Blount, Dorsett, Mitchell & Jernigan LLP in Raleigh and will continue with his practice while serving as dean. Brinkley will be the 14th dean in the school's history.
The University made the announcement at a press conference Friday.
Dean Jack Boger, who graduated from UNC School of Law in 1974, plans to retire from the position after nine years as dean. Boger will continue at the School of Law as a faculty member. The UNC School of Law is ranked 19th in reputation among lawyers and judges by the U.S. News & World Report.
"To be of service to this infinitely precious institution is a life's dream," Brinkley said.
Brinkley choked back tears while thanking his wife, Carol Brinkley, and his three children for supporting him.
Brinkley has experience in corporate law, mergers and acquisitions, antitrust, insurance, public finance and nonprofit law. He has worked with companies and institutions in the manufacturing, food and beverage, distribution and insurance industries.
He was elected president of the North Carolina Bar Association in 2011 and was one of the youngest presidents at the time.
"The Carolina community joins me in welcoming Martin Brinkley as the dean of the UNC School of Law," Chancellor Carol Folt said in a statement. "We are thankful Martin's professional path has brought him full circle — back to the very place where he earned his own law degree. He is a preeminent attorney with extensive knowledge of corporate law and a deep commitment to public service and pursuit of excellence in legal education."