Former NPR Chief Named Maryland J-School Dean
February 19, 2009 at 5:06 AM (PT)
Former NATIONAL PUBLIC RADIO Pres. KEVIN KLOSE has been named Dean of the PHILIP MERRILL COLLEGE OF JOURNALISM at the UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND. KLOSE left NPR last year after a decade at the helm of the public radio network and previously served as President of RADIO FREE EUROPE.
"The UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND is excited to welcome KEVIN KLOSE as dean of the PHILIP MERRILL COLLEGE OF JOURNALISM," said President C.D. (DAN) MOTE, JR. "KEVIN brings to us the perfect blend of seasoned journalism, highest integrity, a global perspective, and a passion for building institutions. He's a builder. His record foretells that he is a perfect fit for the university's strategic intent to lift its colleges by leveraging assets through partnerships. KEVIN's vision will guide us in educating the next generation of journalists, as well as in redefining journalism."
"It is a great honor to serve as dean of the MERRILL COLLEGE OF JOURNALISM," said KLOSE. "News media everywhere are in tumultuous transition from long-established formats and business models. We will use this opportunity to ensure the future of reliable, trustworthy, independent journalism we can use in our everyday lives. We will explore new formats and delivery platforms to prepare the next generation of journalists for the digital world rising around us. And, we will concentrate on the immutable ethical standards of gathering and reporting reliable, credible, contextual news. We will envision how the new technology can be used to strengthen and protect the freedom and veracity of information."