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IU losing journalism dean to Northwestern

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Brad Hamm is stepping down as dean of the Indiana University School of Journalism to take the same position at Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications in Evanston, Ill.

Hamm, who will take the new job Sept. 1, has served as dean of the IU school since 2005. He was just the fifth leader of the program in its 100-year history. His last day will be June 30.

"We are disappointed to lose a visionary educator and administrator of Brad's quality, but the highly ranked Medill School presents a wonderful opportunity, and we are very happy for Brad personally," said IU President Michael A. McRobbie in a prepared statement. "The Internet is dramatically changing the face of journalism and the media around the world, and Brad has worked hard to steer IU's School of Journalism through a time of unprecedented change.”

Under Hamm, the IU school created the Ernie Pyle Scholars honors program and developed a travel program that sends journalism students around the globe to study.

Hamm also keyed the development of the National Sports Journalism Center on the campus of IUPUI, which was the first to offer a master's degree in sports journalism.

Hamm will take over for John Lavine, who announced last year that he would step down this August. Lavine led Medill for seven years. He will become executive director of the Informedness Center, a new research facility at Northwestern.
 

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