David Perlmutter, director of the University of Iowa School of Journalism and Mass Communication, announced to colleagues on Tuesday that he’d be stepping down from his position, effective June 30.
Perlmutter recently accepted the position of Dean of the College of Media & Communication at Texas Tech University. He’ll start at Texas Tech on July 1 after he ends his duties at the UI on June 30.
“I believe that the School’s momentum will continue, with or without the presence of any one individual,” Perlmutter said in an email to J-School faculty and staff.
Perlmutter started his current position as director of the J-School in July 2009. He previously served as a professor in the William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications at the University of Kansas. He regularly writes columns for the Chronicle of Higher Education.
During his time as director, Perlmutter said he was proud of several achievements, including the building of the Moeller Research Lab; establishing the Master of Strategic Communication degree and the Philanthropy and Fundraising Certificate; extending doctoral funding to four years; and hiring new faculty.
An interim director has not yet been announced.
Read The Daily Iowan tomorrow for more information on Perlmutter’s resignation and the future of the UI J-School.