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Release: March 29, 2001
John Soloski named University of Georgia journalism
IOWA CITY, Iowa John Soloski, director of the University
of Iowa School of Journalism and Mass Communication, has been selected as
the next dean of the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at
the University of Georgia.
Soloski has been a member of the UI journalism faculty
since 1978, the same year he earned his Ph.D. in journalism at the UI. He
has served as director of the school since 1996 and has spearheaded the drive
for a new building to house the school. He also has worked to expand and enhance
connections between the working media and the school, its faculty and students.
"John has been an enormously creative and energetic
director for the school, and I hate to see him go," said Linda Maxson,
dean of the UI College of Liberal Arts, which houses the journalism school.
"But Im delighted for this opportunity that he has to take his
skills to the next level. John has laid a solid foundation for the school
to move on to the next plateau. We have the opportunity to continue to build
the school with talented faculty and students, a new building in the works,
and a major campaign under way. I am confident that we are in a good place
for someone new to come in and take the next giant step. I will not let this
Soloski said it was with mixed emotions that he reached
the decision to accept the University of Georgia offer.
"Ive been here a long time and a lot of me
is tied to this university," Soloski said. "Its not easy to
leave." But he said that the opportunity to step into a deans position
at a highly-rated college of journalism in a major media market was too good
to pass up.
He said he was looking forward to working to make Georgias
journalism college more visible nationally and more connected with its alumni
and other professionals. He also said he would like to gain greater attention
for the Peabody Awards, a program administered by the college. The Peabody
is the top award for broadcast journalism, akin to the Pulitzer Prize for
Karen Holbrook, senior vice president for academic affairs
and provost at Georgia, praised Soloskis skills as a leader and scholar.
"John Soloski brings a solid academic background in the discipline areas of
journalism and mass communication, as well as a sense of innovation, entrepreneurship
and interdisciplinarity that will help advance the Grady College and integrate
its programs with others on campus," she said.
Soloski said he expected to leave for Georgia sometime
this summer, but has not yet determined an exact date. Maxson said she would
name an interim director of the school while a search committee works to hire
a permanent successor.
More information is available on the University of Georgia Web site at http://www.uga.edu/news/.
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