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MDIA's Gregory Newton elected BEA president

Alex Koumas | Feb 20, 2012

MDIA’s Gregory Newton elected BEA president

Dr. Gregory Newton, Ohio UniversityBy Alex Koumas,

RIGHT: Dr. Gregory Newton, of the School of Media Arts and Studies at Ohio University, has been named the 2012-2013 president of the Broadcast Education Association. / Photo by Matt Adams

ATHENS, Ohio (Feb. 20, 2012) – Dr. Gregory Newton, an associate professor and associate director of graduate studies in the School of Media Arts and Studies, has recently been elected to serve as the 2012-2013 president of the Broadcast Education Association (BEA).

The Broadcast Education Association is a professional associate for professors, industry professionals and graduate students who are interested in teaching and research related to electronic media and multimedia enterprises.

Newton has been involved in the BEA since he was first introduced to the association in during his graduate program at Northwestern University. He attended his first BEA annual convention in 1993, where he presented a paper that he co-authored with Susan Eastman, a faculty member at Indiana University, during his first year in his doctoral program.

“Before being elected to the board of directors and, eventually, the presidency, I served for six years in division leadership in what was then the Management & Sales division, now Management, Marketing, and Programming,” Newton states.

Newton believes that the association has done a great deal for him in regards to his professional and personal life.

“Professionally, the thing I value most about BEA is that it’s the one place where I’ve really been able to work on both the scholarly and industry aspects of my professional life in one space,” Newton explains. “On a personal level, I’ve made many great friendships over the years at BEA with people who have enriched my life in countless ways.”

Upon being elected president, Newton plans to continue working on a number of goals he has set forth as a member of the board for the past five years.

“My overall concern is to maintain the programming and constituent service balance among the research and creative activity, teaching and scholarship, and academia and industry that is the hallmark of the association,” Newton states.

Newton hopes his new role helps to bring attention to the School of Media Arts and Studies.

“In addition, there are chances to broaden my own horizons as part of the job involve working with other academic associations,” Newton said. “If I’m successful, I think there will be not only new relationships and opportunities for me to pursue related to media and scholarship, but also opportunities for students and colleagues here as well.”

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