- Associated Press - Friday, May 27, 2016

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - The University of Missouri Law School dean is stepping down.

Dean Gary Myers announced Friday that he’s resigning effective Aug. 14. A university spokesman says his move is not related to a lawsuit filed two days earlier against Myers and the university over a public-records request.

Former Republican Rep. Kevin Elmer claims associate professor Josh Hawley conspired with Myers to keep Hawley’s school emails private. Hawley is running for attorney general and faces an Aug. 2 Republican primary.

Myers said in an email Friday to law school faculty, staff and students that he’s been discussing his plans for months. He’ll continue as a faculty member and plans to work on books and other projects.

Myers was named dean in 2012. Senior Associate Provost Kenneth Dean will serve as interim dean.

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