Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Applicant rejects J-school deanship again

For the second time, Ithaca College's Dianne Lynch is walking away from the post of dean of the UC Berkeley graduate school of journalism. Lynch applied earlier this year but withdrew, leaving the other finalist, UC Berkeley journalism professor Neil Henry, as the likely replacement for Orville Schell. Then in April, Cal Provost George Breslauer convinced Lynch to apply for the job again. In May she was selected for the job with a start date in January. Now, according to the Ithaca College newspaper, Lynch has informed UC Berkeley officials that she plans to stay at the school in New York, where she is dean of its J-school. The East Bay Express reported in May that faculty in Berkeley thought Lynch was the the right choice she has a New Media background and was an outsider who had a good chance of healing a split in the faculty that had taken place under Schell.

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