Interim Director Named to Lead MSU Journalism School

An interim director has been named to lead Michigan State University’s School of Journalism.  (Read background on situation here.)  A trusted source forwarded me the following message:

Dear [Name Removed by Me]:

I’m pleased to share some advance news with you about the School of Journalism.

I have named an interim director, Professor Lucinda Davenport, who will be working with faculty, alumni, donors and students of the J-School to propel the School to new heights. Dr. Davenport shares my vision, namely to make the School an international leader in shaping and redefining the field of journalism.

Attached is the final draft of the press release that will be distributed today announcing Dr. Davenport’s appointment, which is effective immediately. After speaking with the journalism faculty last week, they strongly endorsed this longtime professor to lead the school. She has both an ambitious agenda to take the J-School to new heights and a talented faculty enthusiastic about new opportunities.

I encourage you to reach out to Dr. Davenport [e-mail address removed by me] to help the J-School in whatever way possible. This is a critical moment for the field and the school, and we need your continued support. The bottom line is that we all share the enthusiasm and commitment to pursue a bold and bright future for our School of Journalism. . . .

Best regards,

Pamela Whitten

Pamela Whitten, Ph.D.


College of Communication Arts & Sciences

Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI 48824-1212

Phone: [removed by me]

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