Journalism college dean to step down Friday | Education

Maria Marron will step down as dean of the College of Journalism and Mass Communications at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln on Friday.

Marron, who began work at the college in 2014, did not respond to an email seeking comment. She was the fifth dean since Will Norton stepped down from his J-School leadership position in 2009.

“It has been an honor and a privilege to lead this outstanding college,” Marron said in an earlier statement.

Marron said she was pleased the journalism college could realize its five-year strategic plan, crediting the faculty “for working diligently to meet those goals.”

She said the college has seen growing enrollment and retention, both in undergraduate and graduate students, at a time when enrollment trends are down nationally.

Donde Plowman, executive vice chancellor for academic affairs, said Marron “has provided thoughtful leadership for the college.”

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“She bolstered its advising and recruiting functions, increased its enrollment and brought nationally recognized journalists to campus,” Plowman said. “We are grateful for her contributions to our academic enterprise.”

Amy Struthers, the college’s graduate chair, will serve as interim dean. She joined the college in 2003 and is the faculty founder of the Jacht Advertising Lab.

Plowman said Struthers “will be an asset to the college as it moves through this critical transition period.”

Marron plans to join the faculty at UNL for the 2018-19 academic year.