Director of the School of Journalism and Mass Communications

Position Overview

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Marshall University seeks an outstanding and experienced leader to serve as the Director of the W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications. The next Director will be an innovative, dynamic, and transformative leader who will be a change agent in bringing the school to the next level as it builds upon its past strengths and develops its vision for a future in support of its students and its region.

Marshall University’s W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications is accredited by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications (ACEJMC) and has been since 1974. The school is dedicated to experiential learning, with students having the opportunity to work in a newsroom, a television studio, a radio station, and an agency.  The School offers three majors, each with areas of emphasis: Advertising/Public Relations, Journalism, and Media Production.  The school also houses the university’s Dr. Carter G. Woodson Lyceum, which honors the life and achievements of the Father of Black History and sponsors many of the university’s major programs during Black History Month.

The Director will be an established senior scholar with a successful record of teaching, research, service, administrative and financial leadership, and demonstrated potential for collaborative leadership and shared faculty governance. The Director will teach one course in the program per semester. The ideal candidate will be an advocate for the vital role of “story telling” in journalism and mass communications that involves sorting and understanding information, researching the facts, and seeking the truth.  The successful candidate will have experience cultivating and strengthening relationships with alumni; a track record of managing resources and budgetary control systems; an innovative approach to marketing, branding, and communications; effective team-building skills; a strong research background, including working with grants, centers, clusters, projects, and other research collaborations; and a laser focus on growing enrollments, retention, and student success through participating in campus-wide and college-level strategic enrollment management.

Marshall University is a public comprehensive research university with a rich history as one of the oldest institutions of higher learning in West Virginia. The university achieved Doctoral University, High Research Activity, R2 status in 2018 and offers more than 150 undergraduate, graduate, and professional degree programs. Marshall University is situated in a region of great natural beauty. Huntington is nestled in the heart of the Appalachian Mountain region and is surrounded by a variety of state and national forests and parks. To learn more about Marshall University, prospective candidates and nominators are encouraged to visit the university’s website at:

More information about this opportunity can be found in the position profile above.

Nominations and Applications

For best consideration, applications should be submitted by December 23, 2022. The search will continue until a new Director is appointed.  To apply for this position, candidates are requested to submit the following:

  1. A curriculum vitae or resume;
  2. A letter of interest that addresses the leadership opportunities in the position profile; and
  3. Contact information for five professional references (to be contacted with candidate’s permission at a later date).

Application materials (Word or PDF) should be sent to:

Nominations and expressions of interest are encouraged. Please direct them to:

or to one of the consultants listed below:

Dr. Carlos Hernandez, Executive Search / (201) 850-7881

Dr. Lynn DellaPietra, Executive Search / (202) 640-6723

Marshall University is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages applications from women, minorities, and persons with disabilities.