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Interim directors leading two Scripps College schools

Alex Koumas | Oct 31, 2011

Interim directors leading two Scripps College schools

By Alex Koumas, ak289507@ohio.edu

Eric Williams and Jerry MillerAT RIGHT: Eric Williams, left, is serving as interim director of the School of Media Arts and Studies, and Jerry Miller, left, is interim director of the School of Communication Studies. Both are schools in the Scripps College of Communication. / Photos by Matt Adams

ATHENS, Ohio (Oct. 31, 2011) – On July 1, 2011, interim directors were appointed to lead two of the five schools in the Scripps College of Communication. Jerry Miller has been appointed in the School of Communication for a one-year term, and Eric Williams has taken the helm in the School of Media Arts and Studies for a two-year term.

Miller is standing in for Scott Titsworth, who is currently serving a one-year appointment as interim dean of the Scripps College of Communication. Miller came to Ohio University in 1996 following his completion of his Ph.D. in Communication from the University of Oklahoma. He currently serves as the director of the Political Communication certificate program and as the COMS associate director of undergraduate studies. He also recently served as co-director of the Scripps Survey Research Center.

“My role is to make life as smooth as possible for my colleagues and our students in the School of Communication Studies,” Miller said. “In particular, I will make sure that the transition from quarters to semesters is efficient and fair.”

Titsworth is confident the school is in capable hands.

“His [Jerry Miller’s] knowledge of university policies and procedures coupled with his current administrative portfolio made him a great choice to serve as the interim director in the school,” Titsworth explains. “Jerry is a wonderful ambassador for Communication Studies because of his knowledge of the program and his vision for how the major can evolve to meet the contemporary communication landscape.”

Williams replaces Roger Cooper, who has served as the MDIA director since 2004 but returned to the faculty this year. Williams joined the school’s faculty as an assistant professor in 2003.

“Eric brings skills as an accomplished teacher, producer, and administrator to this position,” Interim Dean Titsworth said. “In guiding the School of Media Arts and Studies through the quarter-to-semesters transition, Eric’s experience with educational program design and evaluation will be invaluable. Eric’s enthusiasm for Media Arts and Studies is contagious, and he will no doubt exceed any expectations normally extended to an interim appointment.”