As Journalism Dean Steps Down, PrezBo Steps Up

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Lemann will also use his free time to work on a new book

In the official email announcement this morning, PrezBo stated that Nicholas Lemann, Dean of the J-School, will not seek another five-year term. During his ten years as dean, Lemann oversaw “fundraising and capital improvements” such as in the new broadcast studio, student center, and cafĂ©.

Working with faculty and the broader community of people interested in the School, Nick helped create a comprehensive and modern curriculum…The innovations included the decision to study and teach both the craft of journalism and the intellectual context for its practice, and the institution of a new Master of Arts in Journalism program stressing subject-matter expertise to complement the Journalism School’s core Master of Science program.

A New York Times article from last night noted that it is uncharacteristic for PrezBo himself to lead the search for a candidate. Typically, a separate committee provides three potential candidates. The article attributes this to the opinion that “journalism is in such a transitional phase” and that, in PrezBo’s words, the choice “was not only crucial to Columbia, but to the broader society.”

Lemann will continue to teach at the J-School and write for The New Yorker, where he has been a staff writer since 1999.

Lemann via J-School

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  1. Anonymous

    This is the best journalism school in the world.

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