Goheen named OHIO School of Visual Communication director
By Erin Roberts
ATHENS, Ohio (May 12, 2014)—Tim Goheen, an illustrator, designer and infographics specialist with nearly 30 years of professional experience, has been named director of the award-winning School of Visual Communication at Ohio University after a nationwide search. His appointment is effective July 15.
“Tim brings a wealth of professional experience in an area that is vitally important to the School of Visual Communication and the Scripps College as a whole,” said Scripps College of Communication Dean Scott Titsworth. “As we witnessed at the recent Schuneman Symposium, data visualization and infographics are cutting edge, and that’s exactly the expertise and background that Tim brings. I have no doubt that, with his leadership, Ohio University will become the academic leader in this field.”
Goheen began his career as a newsroom artist at The State (newspaper) in Columbia, S.C. in 1986. In 1995, Goheen left South Carolina for Washington, D.C. to join the news wire service Knight-Ridder Tribune Information Services (KRT) as senior illustrator for the company’s European graphics startup. In 1997, he was promoted to art director of KRT Graphics and supervised artists and freelancers in the U.S. and Europe.
Goheen took a year off to attend Ohio University as a Knight Fellow in the School for Visual Communication in 2005 and 2006. He taught basic and advanced infographics while earning his Master’s degree from the school and said the experience proved he enjoyed teaching and might want to pursue it.
“When I was a Knight Fellow, I was struck by how talented and creative the students were in the program,” Goheen said. “I was also incredibly impressed with the faculty. They are all extremely experienced and do an amazing job of mentoring and preparing students for professional careers. My job will be to look for ways for the school to move forward in the ever-changing world of visual communication, while keeping our feet grounded in the traditions that have made the school successful.”
Dean Titsworth said Goheen's stint as Knight Fellow will benefit him because he knows a bit about the school and its history.
“Being an alumnus of VisCom himself, Tim understands well the tradition of excellence characteristic of the school,” said Titsworth. “He will work to maintain and advance that standard, and will also easily connect with all VisCom students, past and present, about the natural excitement that surrounds the school.”
When KRT became MCT when Knight-Ridder Inc. was sold to the McClatchy newspaper company in 2006, Goheen took on the additional responsibility of managing editor of the graphics service. As art director and managing editor, Goheen supervised artists and editors and directed MCT’s graphics visual and textual content.
Goheen earned a bachelor’s degree from James Madison College, a residential school for social sciences at Michigan State University in 1986. He has won Society for News Design (SND) awards for infographics and South Carolina Press Association Awards for news graphics, illustration and feature page design. In 2008, Goheen was selected to judge SND’s prestigious World’s Best Designed Newspaper competition. He looks forward not only to applying his expertise in new media to the position, but also the ability to tap a vast network of professionals to benefit the school in myriad ways.
“I bring to the table experience as a visual storyteller, manager and mentor,” Goheen said. “More than that, I have years of professional experience in the visual communication field. I bring not only my experience, but also the experience of others I have worked with, met and with whom I have formed professional relationships.”
He is a native of Michigan and an avid Detroit and Michigan State University sports fan. He and his wife, Elaine, will settle in Athens soon.
The School of Visual Communication was named home to one of the top three photojournalism programs in the country by PDNedu magazine in April 2010 and is home to six of the last eight winners of the College Photographer of the Year competition. Stan Alost, a faculty member in the school, has served as interim director since the past director, Terry Eiler, announced his retirement effectives April 2013.
More information on the School of Visual Communication at Ohio University can be found online at http://www.ohio.edu/viscom/.