Dear Student Media alumni, friends and patrons:
I want to let you know that I’ll be leaving my position as director of Student Media here at OU after Aug. 19. I’ve taken a position in the William Allen White School of Journalism at the University of Kansas, where I’ll be director of strategy for its student news organization, the University Daily Kansan.
Many of you know that I spent most of my career in Kansas, working in a wide variety of jobs at The Wichita Eagle and as managing editor of the Wichita Business Journal. Returning to Kansas — and specifically, working in the journalism school at KU, where I have a number of former colleagues — feels like going home. Of course, OU is home too. But those of us who are lucky enough to have multiple “homes” in the world know that we can’t spend all our time in one of them. I’ve been in this position at OU for almost nine years now, which is four years longer than I’ve been any other position in my career. It’s time for me to make a change.
Still, I think OU is the best thing Oklahoma gives the world, and Student Media is one of the best things about OU — from this old journalist’s perspective, anyway. I’m comfortable leaving in part because Student Media is in good hands. Seth Prince, our assistant director and OU Daily adviser, and Lynn Nguyen, who advises our student advertising and marketing teams, are Student Media alumni who care about this place as deeply as I do. They’re taking great care of our students and this institution. I have confidence in them, and you should too. OU Daily and OU Student Media are among the best places to be a student journalist in the United States, and they’ll remain so.
I look forward to more great things from OU, OU Daily and OU Student Media. If you ever find yourself in Lawrence or Kansas City, I hope you’ll let me know.