Following a 16-year tenure, Tim Gleason officially stepped down as dean of the UO School of Journalism and Communication on November 1. He will continue to maintain a presence at the SOJC as a professor as well as serving as special assistant to the provost in the UO Office of Academic Affairs. He plans to take a long-delayed sabbatical at the end of this academic year.
Gleason became Dean of the SOJC in 1997 and in 1999 was named the first Edwin L. Artzt Dean, named for an endowment from 1951 SOJC graduate and former Chairman Chief Executive Officer of Procter & Gamble Company.
During his tenure, student enrollment in the SOJC doubled and endowments increased from $6.7 million in 1999 to $43.4 million today. Gleason also oversaw the first renovation of Allen Hall in 2002, the 2006 launch of the Turnbull Center in Portland —and two new journalism master’s programs there — and in 2012-13, an 18-month long, $15 million renovation of Allen Hall.
In 2013 the Scripps Howard Foundation named him Journalism Administrator of the Year.
“Credit for all of the success during my time as dean belongs to all of the students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends of the School,” Gleason said.
Interim Provost Scott Coltrane named Julianne Newton interim dean of the SOJC in mid-October of this year and she took over the reins November 1