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June 8, 2020, update from Executive Vice President and University Provost Mark Searle: After a national search led by an excellent search committee, we had selected Sonya Duhé to lead the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication as dean and as CEO of the Arizona PBS Public Television station. At the time we had high confidence we had selected the right person for the position. Subsequently, issues and concerns have arisen and additional information has come to light. I now find that the future of the Cronkite School and our public television station will be better served by not advancing with Duhé as their leader.
A week ago, President Michael Crow called upon the ASU community to accelerate “the rate of enhanced social justice.” This development regarding the Cronkite dean is most unfortunate, but we now must turn our attention to meeting that challenge and ensuring we offer the highest level of journalism education. These are significant undertakings, but I am confident that with commitment and effort the school can be the leader it aspires to be in all aspects of journalism education.
I will be appointing an interim dean this coming week.
March 6, 2020
Sonya Duhé will be the next dean of the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, the university announced today.
Duhé, the A. Louis Read Distinguished Professor of Communications and Director of the School of Communication and Design at Loyola University in New Orleans, will start July 1.
She will replace founding Cronkite Dean Christopher Callahan, who led the transformation of the Cronkite School into one of the nation’s top programs. In November, Callahan was announced as the next president of University of the Pacific.