Thursday, June 4, 2009
Norton returning to Ole Miss
Will Norton, dean of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Journalism, will return to the University of Mississippi July 1 as founding dean of the new Meek School of Journalism and New Media.
Norton served 13 years as chair of UM’s Department of Journalism before becoming UNL’s journalism dean in 1990. He joined UM in 1974 as assistant professor of journalism.
He has played a major role in moving UNL’s journalism program forward. He oversaw the development of the university’s new journalism complex in 2000, and in 2004, he provided a revised curriculum to reflect journalism’s fast-changing landscape toward digital media. He has been instrumental in providing opportunities for journalism students to study abroad on in-depth reporting projects.
In his new post at UM, Norton will assist with fund-raising, resource management and faculty development, as well as research and curriculum matters. He will lead the creation of a new program culminating in a Bachelor of Science degree in integrated marketing communications.
A veteran of the journalism profession, he is an officer in The South Reporter Inc. of Holly Springs. He also was publisher of The Daily Iowan, managing editor of Christian Life Publications, a copy editor at The Chicago Tribune and sports editor of The Wheaton (Ill.) Daily Journal. He taught at the University of Iowa 1972-73.
Norton holds a doctorate from the University of Iowa and master’s from Indiana University, both in mass communications. He completed a bachelor’s degree in history at Wheaton College.
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