Committee Narrows Search For New Journalism Dean

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A campus search committee announced the final candidates for the School of Journalism dean position on March 17.

The new dean will replace professor Neil Henry, who has held the interim dean position since January 2008. Henry was chosen after Dianne Lynch, who was approved in 2007, turned down the post for personal reasons.

The committee began their search last September with help from OPUS Search Partners, a private firm based in Philadelphia. The firm helped to narrow a list of about 300 candidates under consideration for the position, more than 16o of whom applied in February.

The finalists-Barbara Cochran, Phil Bennett and Lincoln Caplan-will visit the campus separately in April to meet with students, faculty and the chancellor and give a public presentation. A fourth applicant is still under consideration, but was not named.

"I'm really excited to meet them and hear their presentations," said Julia Olmstead, the student representative on the committee. "The three candidates we have are phenomenal candidates."

After the candidates' visit in April, the committee will submit its top choices to the chancellor, who will make the final decision. Robert Berring, head of the search committee and professor at Boalt Hall School of Law, said he hopes the new dean will start on July 1.

Berring said the committee is looking for someone with a line of respected work and experience in the journalism industry.

"You want a visionary that can come and make sure that the journalism school at Berkeley, which has been a leader in the field, stays a leader in the field," Berring said. "Someone who ... can help raise money to make that a reality."

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