ATHENS, Ohio (April 3, 2006) -- Dru Riley Evarts has been on the faculty in the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism since 1973. Now she has an opportunity to serve the university in a new role. She has been named university editor, Provost Kathy Krendl announced today. She began her appointment in the provost's office at the beginning of spring quarter.
Evarts will remain a tenured professor as she serves on this special assignment. As university editor, Evarts will be responsible for public communication related to Vision OHIO. She will also edit and compile documents related to the plan and other university initiatives.
"Dru has a national reputation as an excellent editor. She has remained active as a professional editor in her work at Scripps Howard New Service during summer and winter academic breaks," Krendl said. "We're putting her expertise to good use in preparing documents and presentations related to Vision OHIO, as well as other university projects."
Evarts - whose teaching and research have focused on law, government-media relations, language usage, editing and magazines - is a respected editor among her colleagues at the journalism school and in her field at large. She has reported for the Akron Beacon Journal and edited for the Chicago Tribune, Miami Herald, and Scripps Howard News Service, where she still returns every August and December to relieve at the universal editing desk during academic vacations.
She also has edited and indexed books for McGraw-Hill, Harper & Row, John Wiley & Sons, and Allyn & Bacon, and has edited the Journal of Marketing and The News Media and the Law magazine. She earned her bachelor's degree at Ohio University in 1951 and her Ph.D. in 1977.
Evarts has been at the U.S. Supreme Court as an observer of the press corps for two full terms, 1996-97 and 2004-05, while on faculty leave. Publishing of this research is in process.
"Dru has been a pillar of the school and part of the school's strong foundation and national prominence," said Thomas Hodson, director of the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism. "She has nurtured and mentored thousands of students who have become skilled journalists and valued alumni. She has my utmost admiration, respect and best wishes for her new endeavor."
Evarts said, "Working to help the university community and the public understand Vision OHIO and other university initiatives is challenging and creates an opportunity for me to serve in a significant way."
This is Evarts' second special assignment in Cutler Hall. When she graduated with her bachelor's degree in journalism in 1951, President John C. Baker asked her to stay on to help feature the regional campuses through news stories, features, radio broadcasts, art and other methods in order to raise public support for them throughout Southeast Ohio. Evarts became a writer in the News Bureau for this project, and her office was on the third floor of Cutler Hall, just about where her new office is now.
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