It’s official: On June 30 I will step down as director of the Iowa School of Journalism and Mass Communication. I have been offered and have accepted the position of Dean of the College of Media & Communication at Texas Tech University and will start there July 1.
I am very proud of my time with the great people of Iowa. We can cite a long list of achievements, including the building of the Moeller Research Lab; our new Master of Strategic Communication degree; the Philanthropy and Fundraising Certificate program; the extension of doctoral funding to four years; the hiring of a large, innovative cohort of new faculty; the considerable upgrade and revision of our graduate and undergraduate curricula; the increase in quantity and quality of student services (including internship and career counseling); the expansion and greater involvement of our Professional Advisory Board and engagement with the state of Iowa, our peers, and the industry; and, not least, achieving full accreditation for our undergraduate program.
Going to Texas!