Paul Voakes, dean of CU-Boulderâ€™s School of Journalism and Mass Communication, announced Wednesday that he will step down from his post next summer, according to a press release from the university.
Voakes, who started in his position as dean in 2003, will return to the school as a teaching faculty member, effective June 30, 2011.
â€œI now look forward to returning to the faculty and continuing this important work with our students,â€ Voakes said in the release.
CU-Boulder Provost Russell L. Moore lauded Voakes for his work at the resignation announcement, saying that Voakes â€œled our journalism program in the most difficult time in its history,â€ according to the same release.
This leadership transition comes at a time when the future of SJMC is unknown.
In late August, CU-Boulder announced that it would look at the viability of the current school and evaluate whether it needed to close SJMC in its current form and create a new, Information Age-centric program.
As this information came out, current and former CU-Boulder journalism students, some associated with the student newspaper, the CU-Independent, questioned whether the existing SJMC faculty are capable of bringing the school into the future of journalism.
Voakes, however, told the Collegian in September that the faculty are not â€œyoung techy wizardsâ€ but can â€œmold with change.â€
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