January 3, 2013
ATHENS, Ohio (Jan. 3, 2012) – Ohio University Executive Vice President and Provost Pam Benoit announced the appointment of Scott Titsworth as the dean of the Scripps College of Communication.
Titsworth, who has served as interim dean of the college since 2011, was named to the position in the course of a national search.
"With the completion of the Schoonover Center in sight, a new chapter in Scripps history is about to begin," said Benoit. "Scott believes that a college that puts a premium on interpersonal and interdisciplinary relationships will be an international leader in the changing media landscape."
Titsworth was a faculty member in the School of Communication Studies for nine years. He received his B.F.A. from Emporia State University, an M.A. from Missouri State University and a Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln.
During his time as a faculty member, he served as the director of Communication Studies, the associate director for graduate studies and basic course director. Titsworth was also selected as both a University Professor and a Presidential Teacher.
During Titsworth's tenure as interim dean, Scripps established a Capital Bureau in Columbus that provides student first-hand experience in public affairs reporting; the college partnered with the Scripps Howard Spelling Bee to host a 32 county contest in central and southeast Ohio; efforts also were made to involve college faculty and students in university efforts to promote innovation and entrepreneurialism; and the college was a primary sponsor of a recent 10-week Innovation Accelerator on launching digital media businesses.
Titsworth said that he is honored to lead a college that he cares so deeply about.
"I am grateful to all of the faculty, staff, students, alumni, and friends of the college who have provided invaluable counsel, and I am thrilled to continue working with everyone as dean of Scripps," said Titsworth. "In 2011, I stepped into the role of interim dean driven by a firm commitment to help maintain stability in the midst of sweeping change. Through our collective work to advance the College, we accomplished that and more. Now, 18 months later, I look forward to joining with faculty, staff and students to shape a future of boundless possibilities."
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