Guter has led South Texas since 2009, and he says he has another year left on his current contract. South Texas announced Guter’s contract extension on Oct. 15.
Guter says he’s excited about the prospect of leading South Texas for the next six years and appreciates the opportunity. His goals for the next few years include:
• Making the school an even better value by keeping tuition as low as possible and increasing the school’s endowment. He notes that the school was recently named by The National Jurist as a “best value” private law school.
• Overseeing a major rehabilitation of the entrance to the law school building, a project funded by a grant from the Mabel & Fred R. Parks Foundation in Sugar Land. The school is located in downtown Houston.
• Broadening career resources efforts to provide for more direct outreach to firms in addition to traditional interviews on campus.
• Establishing a more defined energy law program.
“We have so many plans,” Guter says about the 90-year-old law school. “I enjoy coming to work every day.”
South Texas Board Chairman Mike Hays, a shareholder in Hays, McConn, Rice & Pickering in Houston, says Guter is doing an excellent job and the contract extension is well-deserved.
“He’s basically energized our alumni base by actually going out to the law firms that employ our grads and helping them reconnect to the school,” Hays says.
Hayes says Guter has also, along with staff and faculty, done a good job at keeping tuition as low as possible. Hayes also cites the expansion of the school’s legal clinics, known as the Randall O. Sorrels Legal Clinics.
Guter came to South Texas from the faculty of Duquesne University School of Law in Pittsburgh, where he was dean from 2005 through 2008.
Current enrollment at South Texas is 1,198 full- and part-time students.
-- Brenda Sapino Jeffreys