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THE Singapore Management University (SMU) finally found a new dean to head its law school, after searching extensively and rigorously worldwide for over four months.
Associate professor Goh Yihan will succeed professor Yeo Tiong Min SC (Hon) as the dean of the SMU School of Law (SOL) from July 1, 2017 for a five-year term. Prof Yeo will remain in the law school as the Yong Pung How Chair Professor of Law after standing down as dean.
SMU provost Lily Kong said: "On behalf of the SMU community, I would like to express our appreciation to professor Yeo Tiong Min for his tremendous commitment, able leadership and immense contributions.
"Professor Yeo has been instrumental in developing SOL into a leading law school in Singapore and in Asia."
Prof Goh, who is associate dean (Research) at SOL, has an impressive career, said Prof Kong.
"In him we have a new dean who brings a deep understanding and knowledge of the school and Singapore law, as well as strong networks and familiar ties with the legal community.
"His admirable maturity and conviction, and his passionate commitment to developing legal education will be a great inspiration for his students and colleagues."
A contract law and torts specialist, Prof Goh has legal experience and a long list of achievements in academia and research. He said: "It is an honour to succeed professor Yeo, who has dedicated himself selflessly to the deanship for the past five years. Indeed, I am privileged to be given the opportunity to lead the SMU School of Law as it enters a pivotal point of its history 10 years after its initial establishment."