PULLMAN – WSU Provost Steven L. Hoch will soon announce the makeup of a search committee to appoint the founding dean of the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication.

Erica Austin
was appointed as dean of the newly created college in June, with the understanding that a national search would be held for the permanent dean.

She said she believes it is vital to hold such a search. “A national vetting of candidates befits the national reputation of the college,” Austin said. “Having that type of search reflects the stature of the college. We do not just want to be eminent. We want to be preeminent.”

“Dr. Austin is the dean and will continue to serve in that position as this search goes forward,” Hoch said. “She did an outstanding job in the director’s role as the school became a college and her leadership as dean will be absolutely vital to the college as this academic year goes forward.”

Austin said, contrary to one published report, she has not decided to serve as the associate dean of research when a new dean is hired, although she said she believes an enhanced focus on research will be vital for the college if it is to achieve its long-term goals.

“It is an extremely exciting time to be working in the Murrow College,” Austin said. “It’s the beginning of a new academic year, and the start of a new era in our college. I truly believe we are poised for great things.”

Hoch said he hopes to announce the composition of the search committee early next week, and to identify a national firm to assist with the search shortly thereafter.

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