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Journalism School names Susan King as new dean

Susan King has been recommended as the next dean for the School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

Her appointment is pending a vote of approval from the Board of Trustees, which is scheduled to meet at the end of September.

Chancellor Holden Thorp said in a press release that King’s professional experiences will help her lead the journalism school as digital media continues to change the way people communicate.

King is currently the Vice President for External Affairs for the Carnegie Corporation of New York.

She served five years as the assistant secretary for public affairs for the U.S. Department of Labor. She has also worked with ABC, CBS and NBC News.

King received her bachelor’s degree in English from Marymount College in Tarrytown, N.Y. and her master’s degree in communications from Fairfield University in Fairfield, Conn.

If approved, King will succeed Jean Folkerts, who served as the school’s dean for five years. Former Senior Associate Dean Dulcie Straughan, has served as the interim dean since July 1.

The school’s new dean will take over beginning Jan. 1, 2012.

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