Retired Rear Admiral Don Guter comes to Houston after seven years at Duquesne University Law School in Pittsburgh. Before Duquesne, Guter was a lawyer in the Navy's Judge Advocate-General Corps — JAG — where he rose through the ranks to become Judge Advocate-General of the Navy in 2000. Guter says his goals at South Texas begin with developing a new five year plan and bringing in more money, especially from alumni.
"Houston's a booming city and we have a lot of alumni out that perhaps we haven't asked.Î¾ I'd really like to increase the endowment there. It's already very healthy. With more money and more resources you can do a lot more things."
Guter also wants to reduce the student-faculty ratio and work on expanding the law library's resources.Î¾ More important, he says he wants to raise the school's national profile, because South Texas isn't very well known outside this part of the country.
"It has, as I said, a wonderful reputation for everybody who knows about it. We need to just get more people to know about it."Î¾
Current South Texas Law Dean James Alfini is retiring, and Don Guter will assume his new position August 1st.Î¾ He says he spent time in south Texas when he was a young Navy officer, so he's ready for Houston's heat and humidity.Î¾
Jim Bell, KUHF, Houston Public Radio News.