Founding Dean of The Media School at Indiana University to Step Down

(BLOOMINGTON) – James Shanahan, founding dean of The Media School at Indiana University Bloomington, will step down July 31, 2021, after a six-year tenure that saw the successful merging of three academic units into what is now one of the most comprehensive media-related research and teaching programs in the country.

James Shanahan, founding dean of The Media School at Indiana University Bloomington, will step down July 31. Photo courtesy of The Media School

Shanahan will remain on the school’s faculty. An interim dean will be announced at a later date.

Under his leadership, the school created new academic undergraduate and graduate programs, moved into the newly renovated Franklin Hall, and brought together more than a half-dozen media-related research centers. During For All: The Indiana University Bicentennial Campaign, the school raised nearly $13 million, including a $6 million gift to create the Michael I. Arnolt Center for Investigative Journalism — the single largest gift in the history of the school and its legacy units.

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