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Dean of Mayborn School of Journalism leaves UNT

Dean of Mayborn School of Journalism leaves UNT

June 02
20:05 2011


By Ashley-Crystal Firstley / Senior Staff Writer –

After 17 years of working in the UNT Department of Journalism, Dean of the Mayborn School of Journalism Mitch Land has resigned and will serve as the Dean of Communications and the Arts at Regent University at Virginia Beach, Va.

Land sent an email to members of the journalism faculty at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday to notify them of the decision.

Land’s last day will be June 17 so he can have time to make the transition to Virginia, according to the email.

“He’s just been a terrific leader for us, and under his vision, we really accomplished a lot,” said Nann Goplerud of the journalism faculty. “He’s really set a very high bar for us and really showed us how to accomplish a lot.”

The provost, Warren Burggren, will select an interim dean as a replacement for a year until a permanent dean is set, said Goplerud.

She said the provost will hold a reception and the faculty is planning a party for Land.

“We really hate to see him go, but if he has to leave, then we are going to send him out in grand style,” Goplerud said.

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