Associate Dean Terence Cook


June 24, 2011 - Harrogate, Tennessee — Lincoln Memorial University-Duncan School of Law (LMU-DSOL) Dean Sydney A. Beckman announced the appointment of Terence L. Cook as the Associate Dean for Admissions. Cook will helm the admissions department and report directly to Beckman.

“Associate Dean Terence Cook brings exceptional credentials and a proven track record to the LMU-Duncan School of Law. I look forward to working with him and seeing first-hand the impact his leadership will have as our school continues to grow,” Beckman said. “LMU-DSOL has been fortunate to attract some of the most vibrant and innovative legal minds in the country to join its faculty and administration and Terence certainly underscores that trend.”

Cook joins LMU-DSOL following nine years as the assistant dean for admissions and recruitment at Texas Tech University School of Law in Lubbock, Texas. As the chief enrollment officer, his leadership led to a marked improvement in the size of the applicant pool and the quality and diversity of the student body. Cook was also responsible for financial aid oversight and assisted with marketing and advertising initiatives.

Cook served on the Law School Admission Council’s (LSAC) Annual Meeting and Educational Conference Planning Work Group and served two years on the LSAC National Recruitment Calendar Work Group. Cook is a regular presenter on a variety of issues relating to graduate and professional school admissions and recruitment.

Cook started his legal career as a clerk for Seventh Judicial District Court of Appeals Judge Brian Quinn in Amarillo, Texas, from 1999 to 2000. He went on to serve as an assistant district attorney and felony prosecutor in the 106th Judicial District of Texas from 2000 to 2002.

Cook earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Texas A&M University and a Doctor of Jurisprudence from Texas Tech University School of Law. He was a founding board member of the African American Leadership Forum in Lubbock and served on the board of directors of the Legal Aid Society of Lubbock. He was a frequent volunteer at Lubbock ISD Chris Harwell Elementary School where he was awarded the School Service Award in 2010. He is an honorary member of the Texas A&M International University Phi Alpha Delta and was honored with the Texas Tech Hispanic Law Students Association Diversity in Law Award in 2005. He was awarded the National Black Law Students Association Rocky Mountain Regional Diversity Award in 2004.

The Lincoln Memorial University-Duncan School of Law (LMU-DSOL) is located in Knoxville’s Historic Old City Hall Building. LMU-DSOL is an integral part of LMU’s values-based learning community, and is dedicated to preparing the next generation of lawyers to provide sound legal service in the often underserved region of Appalachia and beyond. For more information about LMU-DSOL, call 1-800-325-0900, ext. 5300 or visit us online at

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