Career services dean hired by law school

Michael Spivey has been named the new assistant dean for career services, strategy and marketing at the School of Law, announced Kent D. Syverud, J.D., dean and the Ethan A.H. Shepley University Professor.

Spivey, associate director for admissions at Vanderbilt Law School, was named to the position at the University after a national search conducted by Janet Bolin, associate dean for admissions and student services, and Charles Burson, J.D., visiting law professor.

“Dean Spivey is an enthusiastic manager who is highly motivated to achieve progress in career placement of our students,” Syverud said. “In his work in admissions at Vanderbilt, he has acquired a national reputation for knowing and recruiting students individually and effectively and for marketing the school.

“We believe he will be an excellent new leader for the challenges and opportunities we face in career services. Dean Spivey also will be assisting us, as part of our student services team, in forming strategy and marketing efforts for all aspects of our operations,” Syverud said.

Spivey has served in the Vanderbilt University Law School administration since 2000, including as associate director of admissions, coordinator of admissions and recruitment and admissions counselor. Previously, he was co-chair for NCAA athletic department accreditation at Vanderbilt. Spivey also has served as a lecturer in business ethics at the University of Alabama and has written and presented extensively on law school admissions topics.

Spivey earned a bachelor’s degree from Vanderbilt University and a master’s of business administration from the University of Alabama. A doctoral candidate in educational leadership and policy at Vanderbilt, he also has taken graduate-level courses in statistics, research methodology and human resources at the Georgia Institute of Technology College of Management.