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June 26, 2007
The Reynolds School of Journalism continues to assert its position as a vibrant, innovative professional school at the University. In the last six months, the Journalism School has hosted a national conference; established a new graduate program; launched its inaugural "Journalism Week," an industry discussion about technology, ethics, and the future of journalism; secured a $430,000 grant to fund the Donald W. Reynolds High School Journalism Institute; and received a $3.2 million Paul A. Leonard Chair in Ethics and Writing in Journalism.
These accomplishments would be ambitious under ideal circumstances, but last January a single vehicle traffic accident took the life of Cole Campbell, the Journalism School's beloved dean. Faculty and staff resolved that the school would move forward – with distinction.
That spirit of achievement continues under new leadership. University President Milt Glick has appointed Rosemary McCarthy to the position of interim dean, effective July 1. McCarthy's presided over internal operations for the Journalism School since last January.
"President Glick and I have been impressed by Rosemary's performance over the last six months," said Jannet Vreeland, interim provost. "We believe that she will continue moving the Journalism School forward while the University opens a search for a permanent dean."
McCarthy has served as the Journalism School's academic chair since 2005, developing class schedules, teaching assignment, curriculum, and advising students. Her duties included budget, planning and administering special events.
McCarthy is a former executive producer for KNPB, the region's public broadcasting television station.
McCarthy holds a master's degree in journalism from the University, and a bachelor's in English and secondary education from Merrimack College in Massachusetts.
The Journalism School is currently advertising for a permanent dean. William Sparkman, dean of the College of Education is chairing the search committee.
"We have established a search committee to undertake a national search of candidates from the academy and industry," Vreeland said. "Our goal is to find the most qualified candidate who will continue the tradition of excellence, passion, and innovation that has distinguished the Journalism School throughout the nation."