Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism has announced that Bradley Hamm has been named its new dean. According to a news release, Hamm will join the faculty July 1, and will take over as dean officially September 1.
Hamm served as dean of Indiana University’s School of Journalism since 2005. He says Medill’s program is one of the reasons he chose to accept the position.
“The kind of attention Medill gets, and the kind of opportunities it has I think makes a big difference,” he says. “It also has a very strong integrated marketing-communications program; it has an innovated campus in the Middle East that is second to none.”
He also says family played a large role in his decision to move to the Chicago area.
“My wife is from Japan, and being in Chicago, there is a significant Japanese community, and we also have direct flights to Tokyo, so she can visit her mother, who is elderly,” he says. “I think those types of things are important in your life too.”
Indiana University says Hamm’s last day will be June 30. In a statement, IU President Michael McRobbie praised Hamm’s leadership over the past seven years.
“Under his leadership, the school broadened the scope of its mission, upgraded its curriculum and experienced a tremendous increase in alumni support, which has resulted in some of the largest gifts in the school’s history,” he says.
Hamm was only the fifth dean of the IU’s 100 year old journalism program.