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Release: April 23, 2002

New UI journalism school director is seasoned professional

Pamela J. Creedon has been selected as the next director of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Creedon has been director of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Kent State University since 1994, following 10 years as a faculty member at The Ohio State University. Before entering academe, she worked for 15 years as a public relations professional in higher education and industry.

Creedon will take over for Venise Berry, who has served as interim director of the journalism school since the former director, John Soloski, left in June 2001 to become dean of the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia.

Linda Maxson, dean of the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, said Creedon has demonstrated the kind of leadership needed to guide the UI School of Journalism and Mass Communication through a number of changes in the near future.

"Pam is a vibrant and creative thinker and leader," Maxson said. "I am confident that she will lead the school through its transition to new facilities and enhanced curriculum in the years ahead. Our students and faculty will benefit tremendously from her insight and guidance."

Creedon will shepherd the school through its transition from temporary quarters in Seashore Hall to a new high-tech building, for which ground will be broken this fall.

Under Creedon's direction undergraduate enrollment in Kent State's journalism school has grown by nearly 85 percent, and the school's curriculum has been redesigned to expand its emphasis in visual journalism and in electronic media. In addition to her administrative duties, she has taught courses in public relations, gender and mass communication and information gathering and evaluation. Her research has focused on public relations, gender in mass communication and women in sports journalism.

The author of numerous professional and journal articles, Creedon has edited two books for Sage Publications, and serves on the editorial boards of Public Relations Review and the Journal of Public Relations Research. She is an accredited business communicator (ABC) and a member of the PBS 45/49 Board of Directors, the Professional Freedom and Responsibility Committee of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, and the Publications Committee of the Association of Schools of Journalism and Mass Communication.

Creedon earned a bachelor's degree in English from Mount Union College in Alliance, Ohio, and a master's degree in journalism from the University of Oregon.