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The next three years…

Today is the first day of my three-year term as director of the JSchool.

I want to start my first “director” post by stating that I’m humbled to have been asked by the faculty to serve in this role during such a crucial time in the life of our program. During the three years ahead we will transition to semesters, move into a new building, and face the next accreditation cycle. Any one of these “tasks” is a full plate of demands.

Don’t think for a minute that I’m complaining, however. On the contrary, I see these next three years as an exciting period of time not only for the school, but for me as well. This coming year will be my 24th on the faculty of one of the best journalism programs in the country. I will do everything in my power to make our program even more relevant to the needs of future journalists.

I plan to post messages here on a regular basis, which means I’ll keep them fairly short. Let me close this message by thanking Tom Hodson* for his leadership during the past seven years. He’s been a wonderful director, and a great mentor to me during the past three years when I served as associate director. He will continue to serve the school and our students as a full-time faculty member, and for that we are blessed.

*Read Tom’s “swan song” post.

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