Lehman as dean of the Law School on the Ann Arbor campus were approved by the Regents at their May meeting.
Nelms will become chancellor effective Aug. 1. Lehmans appointment is effective July 1.
Before he was named Indiana University East chancellor in 1987, Nelms was vice president for student services at Sinclair Community College in Dayton, Ohio, in 198487. He was associate dean for academic affairs at Indiana University Northwest in Gary, Ind., in 197884; associate director, Center for Human Development and Education Services and assistant professor of education at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff in 197778; associate dean for student development and assistant professor of education at Earlham College in Richmond, Ind., in 197377; lecturer and counselor at Lehman College, City University of New York, in 197173; and ombudsman for student affairs at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff in 196870.
Nelms received his undergraduate degree from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff in 1968 and his Ph.D. in higher education administration from Indiana University in 1977.
Lehman is professor of law and public policy at the Law School and at the Institute of Public Policy Studies. He has been a member of the faculty since 1987. He is a nationally recognized expert on taxation and welfare law and has just completed a year away from Ann Arbor as a visiting professor at the Yale Law School and the University of Paris.
Lehman clerked for Chief Judge Frank M. Coffin of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit in 198182 and for Justice John Paul Stevens of the U.S. Supreme Court in 198283. Lehman was an associate with the Washington, D.C., firm of Caplin and Drysdale in 198387, where he specialized primarily as a tax lawyer.
Lehman is a graduate of Cornell University and the U-M Law School, and also holds a masters degree in public policy from Michigan. During Law School, he was editor-in-chief of the Michigan Law Review.