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Kent State Promotes Dr. Stanley T. Wearden to Dean, College of Communication and Information (6/4/2009)

Dr. Stanley T. Wearden
Dr. Stanley T.Wearden
Kent State University Senior Vice President and Provost Dr. Robert Frank announced today the selection of Dr. Stanley T. Wearden as dean of the College of Communication and Information. Wearden, who has nearly 25 years of service at Kent State University, is currently the director of Kent State’s School of Communication Studies. He will assume the duties of dean on July 1, 2009.

Wearden replaces Dr. James Gaudino, who left the university Jan. 1 to become president of Central Washington University in Ellensburg, Wash.

“Dr. Wearden competed for the dean’s position with a pool of nationally recognized scholars. In addition to being among the most accomplished in his field, he also has a distinguished record with the college and has demonstrated excellence in scholarship, leadership and administration. Among his accomplishments in his most recent role as director of the School of Communication Studies was the doubling of student enrollment over a period of five years,” Frank says.

“Dr. Wearden is an accomplished educator, researcher and academic administrator, and we look forward to the leadership he will provide as dean of the college. Throughout the entire process he demonstrated the vision and capacity needed to lead the college to exciting new heights,” Frank adds.

Kent State University President Lester A. Lefton adds, “Dr. Wearden is an example of excellence in action. We are proud that our national search for a dean has resulted in the best candidate being one of our own.  It is always gratifying to have the opportunity to promote a talented member of our university community.”

Wearden came to Kent State in 1984 as assistant professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication. In 2002 he received a Distinguished Teaching Award. He was named interim director of the School of Communication Studies in 2004, and became director in 2005.

Wearden holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Wheeling College (now Wheeling Jesuit University), Wheeling, W.Va. His graduate work includes a Master of Science in journalism from West Virginia University, Morgantown, W.Va., and a doctorate in mass communication research from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Wearden is the author or co-author of 30 publications and the recipient of two Ohio Board of Regents Research Challenge Award grants.

The College of Communication and Information is one of the only colleges within the United States that has such a diverse combination of communication, information and visual disciplines within one college. With its four schools — Communication Studies, Visual Communication Design, Journalism and Mass Communication and Library and Information Science — and interdisciplinary program of Information Architecture and Knowledge Management, the college offers courses and opportunities, providing students a broad educational perspective and intensive training.

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