Hugh Morton Distinguished Professor Heidi Hennink-Kaminski will become the interim dean of the Hussman School of Journalism and Media starting Jan. 1, according to an announcement from the journalism school on Friday.
Hennink-Kaminski joined the faculty in 2006 and is currently the senior associate dean for graduate studies at the journalism school. She teaches courses in marketing and strategic communication, and her academic research focuses on interdisciplinary health communication.
“We thank Dean King for a decade leading an era of great change and progress for our school,” Hennink-Kaminski said the announcement. “I’m honored to step into this role of working with faculty and staff colleagues to help manage our school through this time of transition and opportunity.”
Current Hussman Dean Susan King announced she was stepping down for her role in August. King has been the dean of the Hussman School of Journalism and Media for 10 years, and plans to remain on the faculty.
UNC School of Information and Library Science Dean Gary Marchionini is chairperson of the search committee to finding a new journalism school dean. Alongside Tennessee-based search firm Buffkin/Baker, the committee will continue to seek a permanent dean.