Everette E. Dennis has served as dean and CEO of Northwestern University in Qatar since June 2011. He holds a tenured full professorship in the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern’s home campus in Evanston, Illinois, USA, and an appointment by courtesy in the School of Communication. Dean Dennis is a widely-known institution-builder, educator, and author having led several organizations over a distinguished career in higher education, foundations, and advanced study centers. The Dean was elected as a Fellow in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2017.
In Qatar at NU-Q, Dean Dennis has strengthened the curriculum, expanded the faculty, built a research program, and led major outreach efforts putting the school on the map regionally and globally. In addition, he oversaw the move and transition of the school into a new 515,000 square foot building that is one of the largest and most advanced media and communication schools in the world.
Prior to his appointment at NU-Q, Dean Dennis was the Felix E. Larkin Distinguished Professor of Communication and Media Management at Fordham’s Graduate School of Business in New York City where he served as departmental chair and head of the Center for Communication. Previously he was founding director of the Gannett Center for Media Studies at Columbia University—and served as senior vice president of the parent foundation as well as head of its international consortium on media studies. Concurrent with his Fordham appointment, he was founding president of the American Academy in Berlin, working with Richard Holbrooke and Henry Kissinger. He has also served as executive director of the International Longevity Center.
Dean Dennis received his master’s from the S.I. Newhouse School of Communications at Syracuse University and his PhD from the University of Minnesota.
His advanced fellowships include the Liberal Arts Fellowship in Law at Harvard Law School, a research fellowship at the Institute of Politics, and a visiting Nieman fellowship, all at Harvard University. Other academic awards include a Bush Summer Fellowship at Harvard, a media law and ethics summer fellowship at Stanford University, and a popular culture fellowship at the East-West Center in Honolulu. He became a much-quoted expert on media issues during his stewardship at the Gannett Center, one of the world’s first media think tanks, where he established an advanced fellows program, organized a technology laboratory, conducted major conferences, and served as founder and editor-in-chief of the Media Studies Journal. He is author, co-author, or editor of more than 45 books on media industries, media law, and related topics—as well as more than 200 refereed journal articles. His global media studies include monographs on Eastern and Central Europe, Latin America, and East Asia.