Cronkite Leadership

The Deans
Christopher Callahan, Dean
Christopher Callahan is the founding dean of the Walter Cronkite School. He is responsible for leading a 75-member faculty and staff and 1,600 students. Prior to joining ASU, Callahan was associate dean at the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland and senior editor of American Journalism Review. He is a member of the Hearst Awards steering committee. Before entering journalism education, Callahan was a Washington correspondent for The Associated Press. He is a graduate of the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and the author of "A Journalist’s Guide to the Internet."

Marianne Barrett, Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
Marianne Barrett is responsible for academic affairs at the Cronkite School and serves as the school’s graduate director. Her duties include curriculum implementation, enrollment management and admissions, and supervision of the school’s academic advising staff. Barrett joined the Cronkite School in 1994 after receiving her Ph.D. in Mass Media from Michigan State University and her M.P.S. in Media Administration from Syracuse University. Prior to her graduate studies, Barrett was director of program scheduling for ESPN in New York. Her teaching and research focuses on media management, economics and policy.

Kristin Gilger, Associate Dean
Kristin Gilger is associate dean in charge of professional programs for the Cronkite School. She directs the school’s 70-plus part-time faculty members, oversees the school’s growing professional programs and serves as a liaison to the news industry. Gilger was director of Student Media at ASU from 2002-2007, directing student publications. Before coming to ASU, she held various editing positions at half a dozen newspapers around the country, including The Arizona Republic, The Times-Picayune in New Orleans, La.; and the Salem (Ore.) Statesman Journal.

Mark Lodato, Assistant Dean
Mark Lodato joined the Cronkite School in 2006 after working for 16 years as a television reporter and anchor for television stations in Washington, San Francisco, Phoenix and Ft. Myers, Fla. He also served as news director at the University of Maryland’s Philip Merrill College of Journalism. At the Cronkite School, Lodato oversees the broadcast news operation and works with advanced students in the school’s national award-winning television newscast, Cronkite NewsWatch, which airs four times each week across much of Arizona.

The Directors

Liz Bernreuter, Director of Development
Liz Bernreuter is responsible for securing significant philanthropic investments from individuals, foundations and corporate partners in support of the school’s priority programs and activities. Liz came to the Cronkite School from the ASU Foundation, where she served as associate director of corporate and foundation grants. She has also worked for a variety of arts and culture organizations including the Phoenix Symphony and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. She earned her bachelor’s degree in music/business from DePauw University and her master’s in nonprofit administration from NYU.

Mary Cook, Director of Student Success
Mary Cook is the director of Student Success at the Cronkite School. She manages course and classroom schedules and works on retention and recruitment programs. Cook joined the Cronkite School in 1987 as an academic adviser. She earned her bachelor’s degree in management and her master’s degree in higher and adult education from ASU.

Anita Luera, Director of the Cronkite Institute for High School Journalism
Anita Luera is the director of the Cronkite Institute for High School Journalism, a consortium of national and local programs designed to support and train high school journalism teachers and students. Luera was the first woman news director at Phoenix television station, running the news department for Spanish-language Univision affiliate KTVW-Channel 33. She worked at KPNX, the NBC affiliate in Phoenix, and KOOL-TV, now Fox 10. She is a former president of the Arizona Latino Media Association.

Elizabeth Mays, Outreach Director
Elizabeth Mays is responsible for student recruitment as well as school and campus marketing through Web and other channels. An alumna of the Cronkite School's Mid-Career Master’s program with an M.M.C. in Digital Media Entrepreneurship, Mays has 10 years of experience as an editor and writer working for consumer, regional, visitor and in-room magazines.

Sandy Mancilla Rannow, Director of Fiscal and Business Operations
Sandy Mancilla Rannow is the school’s chief budget officer. Her responsibilities include administering the budget and business operations; directing personnel matters such as payroll, recruitment, selection and new hire actions; and preparing strategic financial analyses and projections. Rannow started her business management career in 1990 with Arizona State University and has worked in the College of Design and the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College. She joined the Cronkite School in January 2013.

B. William Silcock, Director of Cronkite Global Initiatives, Humphrey Program Curator
Bill Silcock is a two-time Fulbright Scholar with a 25-year career as a broadcast journalist and 20+ years of university teaching experience. He is active as a scholarly researcher and participates in frequent media seminars and conferences worldwide. Silcock has led the school’s European study abroad program. He has also conducted media training for international broadcast journalists through the U.S. State Department. He is uniquely positioned to direct the Cronkite School’s Global Initiatives and Humphrey Fellowship Program, one of only two journalism Humphrey programs in the world.

TJ Sokol, Director of Information Technology
TJ Sokol manages the Cronkite School Information Technology team, which handles the day-to-day technology needs of Cronkite faculty, staff and students. Prior to joining the Cronkite staff, he served as a technology support analyst at ASU Student Media from 1998-2005 and the ASU Biodesign Institute from 2005-2011. Sokol, a 1992 graduate of the Cronkite School, worked as a photojournalist in Vail, Colo., and Phoenix before beginning his career in information technology.

Mike Wong, Director of Career Services
The Cronkite School’s long-time TV/Radio news director, Wong is now the school’s first full-time director of career services. He is the school’s chief liaison between students and the profession. As news director, Wong was responsible for the award-winning student-produced newscast ASU NewsWatch. He has coordinated television reporting workshops for the Voice of America-hosting journalists from Bosnia, Macedonia and Slovakia and has trained journalists in Kosovo.