Nov 102010
Authors: Madeline Novey

Paul Voakes, dean of CU-Boulder’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.

“I now look forward to returning to the faculty and continuing this important work with our students,” Voakes said in the release.

CU-Boulder Provost Russell L. Moore lauded Voakes for his work at the resignation announcement, saying that Voakes “led our journalism program in the most difficult time in its history,” 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 “young techy wizards” but can “mold with change.”

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