Missouri School of Journalism names new dean

4 years 10 months 3 weeks ago Thursday, April 02 2015 Apr 2, 2015 Thursday, April 02, 2015 8:58:00 AM CDT April 02, 2015 in News
By: Kelly Skehen, KOMU 8 Digital Producer

COLUMBIA - The Missouri School of Journalism announced Thursday it has named a new dean. The University of Missouri said David D. Kurpius will take over the position effective July 1.

Kurpius was a mass communications professor and associate vice chancellor for enrollment management at Louisiana State University.

"I'm honored to join the University of Missouri School of Journalism community and to continue building the school's strong tradition and reputation," Kurpius said in a news release. 

Garnett Stokes, MU Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, said Kurpius has more than 10 years of news and production experience.  

"It's a time of great change in journalism and strategic communication, and I look forward to working with the students, faculty, staff and administration as we work to rethink and reshape our practice and study in this industry," said Kurpius.

Kurpius graduated with a bachelor's degree in telecommunication from Indiana University in 1986, a master's in 1995 and a doctorate in mass communication in 1997 from the University of Wisconsin.

He has been with the LSU Manship School of Mass Communication for nearly two decades. In February, MU announced four finalists for the position.

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