SOUTH ROYALTON — This month Vermont Law School welcomes new leadership as Thomas McHenry begins his tenure as the school’s ninth president and dean. A former partner with Gibson Dunn in Los Angeles, California, McHenry brings 30 years of environmental and administrative law practice to VLS.
McHenry succeeds Marc B. Mihaly, whose term ended July 1.
“Tom McHenry’s enthusiasm, focus and demonstrated commitment to environmental stewardship will be great assets to Vermont Law School as we move forward from the outstanding leadership provided by Marc Mihaly,” said VLS Board Chairman Christopher Dutton. “Tom embraces Vermont Law School’s spirit of innovation and its mission to make the world more sustainable and just through education.”
“It is my honor and privilege to serve Vermont Law School as president and dean,” said McHenry, who for the past four years has taught on the VLS Summer Session faculty. “I have been impressed by the scholarship, advocacy and passion of VLS students, alumni, faculty and staff. They are nationally recognized leaders in areas ranging from environmental law to human rights to criminal law and restorative justice, and I look forward to strengthening and enhancing their programs.”
For nearly two decades, McHenry served as a partner in Gibson Dunn’s Los Angeles office, specializing in environmental regulatory and administrative law.
VLS will host an inauguration ceremony for McHenry on Friday, Oct. 13.