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NU names dean for Qatar outpost

Northwestern University has chosen a long-time leader in journalism education as the new head of the school’s campus in Qatar.

NU Provost Dan Linzer announced the appointment of Everette E. Dennis to the job today.

Dennis is now chair of the communication and media management program at Fordham University’s business school.

He formerly was dean of the School of Journalism and Communication at the University of Oregon; director of Graduate Studies in Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Minnesota; and founding director of the Media Studies Center at Columbia University, which he led while also serving as the senior vice president of the Gannett and Freedom Forum foundations.

He holds a Ph.D. in mass communication, constitutional law and history from the University of Minnesota. 

Dennis starts the new job in June. He succeeds John Margolis, who has served as the dean of NU-Q since its inception in 2007.

Linzer said Dennis "also has extensive international experience that will serve Northwestern very well in Qatar. He served as founding president of the American Academy in Berlin, as a trustee at the International Institute of Communications and International Center for Journalists and as the executive director of the International University Consortium for Freedom Forum. He currently is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and has been a consultant and lecturer in more than 50 countries."

Linzer said Margolis had done an outstanding job as founding dean in Qatar leading the school through "exciting phases of operational start-up, curricular expansion and community growth."

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