Juris Doctor, University of Southern California Law School
B.A. Economics, University of Virginia
LaVonda N. Reed, J.D., was appointed as the seventh dean of the Georgia State College of Law effective July 1, 2021.
Prior to her appointment at Georgia State, Dean Reed served as Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs at Syracuse University from 2015 to 2021. In this position, she was responsible for supporting more than 1,700 faculty members. She had oversight of research and administrative leaves, promotion and tenure review, policy development and enforcement, and awards, among other duties. She was also responsible for the stewardship and oversight of the Lender Center for Social Justice, as well as the stewardship of a multimillion-dollar endowment to support teaching excellence across the university.
At Syracuse, Dean Reed led initiatives to recruit and retain diverse faculty and created the Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence and the Center for Faculty Leadership and Professional Development, which helped further the work of Syracuse’s National Science Foundation ADVANCE grant designed to support women and underrepresented minority scholars in STEM disciplines.
Dean Reed first joined the faculty at Syracuse University College of Law in 2006. Her research and teaching are in the areas of wills and trusts, property, and communications regulatory law and policy.
Prior to her appointment at Syracuse University, she was on the faculty of the Louis D. Brandeis School of Law at the University of Louisville. She also was a judicial clerk for the Honorable Donald W. VanArtsdalen of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and practiced communications and corporate law with the international firm of Paul Hastings LLP.
Dean Reed earned her Juris doctor degree from the University of Southern California Gould School of Law and a bachelor of arts degree in economics from the University of Virginia.