Neil Henry, who was named dean of the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism in 2007, will return to teaching. Tom Goldstein, who has served as dean of Berkeley and Columbia journalism schools, will be interim dean this academic year. Henry became dean after a challenging search process. Previously:
- 4/19/2006: Schell to step down as UC Berkeley journalism school dean
- 2/19/2007: Four UC Berkeley journalism school dean candidates named
- 5/29/2007: Lynch to succeed Schell as Berkeley journalism school dean
- 11/6/2007: Lynch tells UC Berkeley she doesn’t want j-school dean job
- 11/14/2007: Berkeley journalism school refuses to discuss dean situation
- 2/2/2009: UC-Berkeley j-school dean search draws 365 applicants
- 3/18/2009: Memo names Berkeley j-school dean candidates
- 4/29/2009: All three Berkeley j-school dean finalists drop out
- 5/8/2009: Henry to stay on as dean at UC Berkeley j-school
This email was sent Friday morning
A message from Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost George W. Breslauer:
To: Faculty, Staff, Students, and selected Alumni of the UCB Graduate School of Journalism
Neil Henry has informed me that he is stepping down as dean of the Graduate School of Journalism to return to teaching. Please join me in thanking Neil for his many years of service as dean.
During these years, Neil has made important and lasting contributions to the school, the region and the profession of journalism. Among Neil’s notable successes was his securing three endowed faculty chairs under the Hewlett Foundation Endowed Chair Challenge. He also implemented a major reorganization of the curriculum for teaching multi-media and basic reporting. This initiative was funded by Ford Foundation grants totaling more than $1 million. Neil was also instrumental in launching the Bay Citizen, a new regional online publication funded in large part by philanthropist Warren Hellman. Chancellor Birgeneau, Vice Provost Broughton and I are deeply grateful for Neil’s extraordinary service.
Neil will return to teaching in GSJ and in the Media Studies undergraduate program. He will also serve as Special Assistant to the Athletic Study Center, helping student athletes maximize their academic experience during their time at Berkeley. Neil has long been passionate about Intercollegiate Athletics.
In coming weeks, we will appoint a committee that will search for a new dean, inviting applications from candidates both internal and external to UC Berkeley. Our expectation is that the appointment of a full-term dean will be effective July 1, 2012.
In the interim, I have asked Professor Tom Goldstein, who served as dean of GSJ from 1988 to 1996, and as dean of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism (1997-2002) to serve as interim dean this academic year. Please join me in thanking Tom for his willingness to serve in this bridging role.
George W. Breslauer
Professor of Political Science
Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost