Megan Carpenter to become UNH Law’s first woman dean

  • Megan Carpenter —Courtesy photo

Monitor staff
Wednesday, March 08, 2017

For the first time in its 44-year history, the University of New Hampshire School of Law will be led by a woman.

Megan Carpenter, founder and co-director of the Center for Law and Intellectual Property at Texas A&M University School of Law, has been named dean of UNH Law in Concord. A nationally recognized expert in intellectual property with a focus in entrepreneurship and the arts, Carpenter has received several awards for her work, including Texas A&M’s distinguished achievement award for graduate mentoring. 

Additionally, Carpenter has developed and run two law clinics to support entrepreneurship and innovation, and is the chair of the academic committee of the International Trademark Association. 

UNH Law has been ranked among the top 10 schools for the study of intellectual property law for 25 consecutive years, according to a press release. Carpenter will be the first woman to lead the school since it was founded in 1973.

“I am honored to join the UNH community as dean of the law school,” Carpenter wrote in the press release. “With its worldwide reputation for excellence in intellectual property, its forward-thinking approach to legal education and its role as part of a public research university, UNH Law is uniquely poised to excel in a changing legal environment. I look forward to working with faculty, staff, students, alumni and the broader university community to develop innovative and interdisciplinary programs that further the law school’s mission to empower students in a global environment and to serve the public with integrity and excellence.”

Carpenter earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree in foreign languages from West Virginia University, her J.D. from West Virginia University College of Law and her LL.M. from the National University of Galway.

“Dean Carpenter brings a wealth of experience that will help UNH Law continue to grow on the national stage,” said UNH Provost Nancy Targett. “Her work creating innovative academic programs, including experiential learning initiatives, certificate programs and interdisciplinary projects with colleges throughout the Texas A&M University System will open new directions for UNH Law. Her expertise, energy and enthusiasm will invigorate our faculty and staff, and ensure we are continuing to provide the best possible law education and experience for our students.”