Susan King, dean of the Hussman School of Journalism and Media, will step down this year, according to an email she sent to faculty Tuesday.
King has been the dean of the journalism school since Jan. 1, 2012. She said she plans to return as a tenured faculty member after a leave.
"It is not the same world or business even as it was in 2012 when I arrived," King wrote in her email. "I believe after 10 years a new dean will bring fresh eyes, additional perspective and new energy to our school."
A search for the next dean will be launched this week, according to the email, and King will remain in her position until a successor is officially named.
The chairperson of the search committee for a new Hussman dean will be School of Information and Library Science Dean Gary Marchionini, Chancellor Kevin Guskiewicz and Provost Bob Blouin said in a campus email Tuesday.
King hopes the transition will be as smooth as possible, but that may be challenged by the pandemic and accreditation for the journalism school.
The search for a journalism school dean is one of many searches currently underway at UNC, including for a new University provost and a School of Nursing dean.
King’s leadership at UNC
King spearheaded many initiatives to further journalism education during her time at the journalism school.