Everette E. Dennis named dean of Northwestern University in Qatar

EVANSTON, Ill. — Northwestern University President  Morton Schapiro and Provost Dan Linzer today announced the appointment  of Everette E. Dennis as Dean of Northwestern University in Qatar.

Everette  Dennis, currently the Felix E. Larkin Distinguished Professor and  Chairperson of Communication and Media Management at Fordham University  Business School, will join Northwestern University in Qatar effective  June 1, 2011. He succeeds founding Dean John D. Margolis, who has served as the dean of NU-Q since its inception in 2007.

Professor Dennis, who is also currently the Director of the Center  for Communications at Fordham and Executive Director of the  International Longevity Center-USA in New York City, is widely  recognized and respected in the fields of communication and journalism,  and more broadly within higher education, as a scholar, author,  educator, and educational leader.  He earned his Ph.D. in mass  communication, constitutional law and history from the University of  Minnesota, and has held advanced fellowships at Harvard Law School and  Harvard’s Institute of Politics. He earned an A.M. from Syracuse  University in communication and a B.S. in journalism/political science  from the University of Oregon.

Northwestern University Provost  Dan Linzer stated, “We are very excited about the transition from the  exceptional leadership of John Margolis as founding Dean to the new  leadership and directions at NU-Q that will be undertaken by Everette  Dennis.  We will look forward to thanking Dean Margolis this winter and  spring for his service through the exciting phases of operational  start-up, curricular expansion, and community growth.”

Dean John  Margolis expressed his congratulations, stating, “I am certain that the  entire NU-Q community joins me in applauding the appointment of Everette  Dennis as the next dean.  He will bring to our thriving campus both a  wealth of administrative experience and an international reputation as a  scholar in the fields of communication and journalism.”

Commenting  from his office at Fordham University in New York, Everette Dennis  stated, “It will be a great privilege to serve as dean of NU-Q, which is  part of one of the most important educational collaborations in the  world today, bringing together the best of Northwestern University’s  traditions in journalism and communication with the Qatar Foundation and  the other institutions of Education City.”

He further  commented, “Building on NU-Q’s fine beginnings, my goal and that of the  NU-Q community is to contribute to the transformation of communication  and media in what is now a digital and global world.  The critical task  is to inspire and nurture the best possible talent for the present and  future. I look forward to working strategically and creatively with  colleagues in Doha on the next phase of what is already an exciting  trajectory for the university.”

Professor Dennis’ previous  experience also includes serving as Dean of the School of Journalism and  Communication at the University of Oregon; Director of Graduate Studies  in Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Minnesota,  and as the founding director of the Media Studies Center at Columbia  University, which he led while also serving as the senior vice president  of the Gannett and Freedom Forum Foundations.

Professor Dennis  also has extensive international experience that will serve Northwestern  very well in Qatar. He served as founding President of the American  Academy in Berlin, as a trustee at the International Institute of  Communications and International Center for Journalists, and as the  Executive Director of the International University Consortium for  Freedom Forum.  He is currently a member of the Council on Foreign  Relations, and has been a consultant and lecturer in more than 50  countries.

In addition, Professor Dennis has authored,  co-authored, and edited some 45 books, including two in 2010 —  Understanding Media in the Digital Age; and the reissue of Other Voices:  The New Journalism in America.  Other works include The Media Society,  Media Debates, Justice Black & The First Amendment, as well as  studies of media in Eastern Europe, Latin America, and East Asia.  His  influential coauthored media text with Melvin L. DeFleur, Understanding  Mass Communication, was published in seven editions, and his books have  been translated into 14 languages.  He has served on the editorial board  of several international media journals, and is the founding editor of  Media Studies Journal.