April 20, 2004

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KU names Ann Brill as interim dean of journalism; search to continue in fall

LAWRENCE -- Ann M. Brill, chair of the news and information sequence of the William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications at the University of Kansas, has been named the school's interim dean, Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor David Shulenburger announced today.

Brill, an associate professor of journalism, will begin July 1, succeeding James Gentry, who will return to full-time teaching and research after seven years as dean. The school's search committee, which had hoped to name a new dean by July, will continue its nationwide search for a permanent replacement this fall.

"It is vitally important to find the right person to replace Dean Gentry," Shulenburger said. "He has moved the school forward in many areas, and we are all grateful to him. The school and the university are very fortunate that Professor Brill has agreed to serve next year while the search for a permanent replacement gears up again. She enjoys the respect of the faculty, students and the profession. I am confident that the school will be in good hands under her guidance."

Brill has worked for newspapers in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Montana. She teaches courses in Online Journalism, E-commerce and the Media, Survey of Mass Media and Popular Culture, and Research Methods. She has research interests in new media technology, copy editing, reporting, multiculturalism, media law and scholastic journalism.

She is the chair-elect of the Professional Freedom & Responsibility committee for the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication and has served on numerous journalism accreditation committees. She also is an editorial board member of the Journal of Interactive Advertising.

Brill came to KU in 2000 from the University of Missouri-Columbia, where she taught for eight years and developed one of the world's first online newspapers, The Digital Missourian. She directed the Dow Jones Online Editing Workshop from 1996 to 2002 and was named outstanding faculty member by Missouri's Panhellenic Council.

She has a doctorate in mass communication from the University of Minnesota, a master's degree in journalism from Marquette University and a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

Journalism deans at KU
2004- Ann M. Brill (interim)
1997-2004 James Gentry
1987-1997 Mike Kautsch
1986-1987 Lee Young (interim)
1974-1986 Del Brinkman
1970-1974 Ed Bassett
1969-1970 Lee Young (interim)
1965-1969 Warren Agee
1960-1961 Calder Pickett (acting dean while Marvin was out of the country for a year)
1948-1965 Burton Marvin


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