Dean of College of Journalism and Mass Communications resigns

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LINCOLN, Neb. – The dean of the College of Journalism and Mass Communications at the University of Nebraska has resigned, effective Jan. 19.

According to a release from the University of Nebraska, Dean Maria Marron resigned after three and a half years at the helm.

No reason was given for the resignation.

According to the release, Marron will "return to the faculty" at the beginning of the 2018-19 academic year.

“Since June 2014, Dean Marron has provided thoughtful leadership for the college,” said Donde Plowman, executive vice chancellor and chief academic officer. “She bolstered its advising and recruiting functions, increased its enrollment and brought nationally recognized journalists to campus. We are grateful for her contributions to our academic enterprise.”

Dr. Amy Struthers has been appointed Interim Dean, and will take over Jan. 20.

Struthers, who serves as the college’s graduate chair, joined the College of Journalism and Mass Communications in January 2003 after 15 years as a marketing professional. She teaches promotional strategy, copywriting and integrated marketing communication campaigns. She is the faculty founder of Jacht student advertising agency and received the College Award for Distinguished Teaching in 2011.

“Amy Struthers’ vision and innovation will be an asset to the college as it moves through this transition period,” Plowman said.