David Kurpius Named New Dean of Missouri School of Journalism

Apr 2, 2015

David Kurpius
Credit MU News Bureau

David D. Kurpius, professor and associate vice chancellor for enrollment management at Louisiana State University, will be the new dean of the Missouri School of Journalism, starting July 1, 2015.

University of Missouri Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Garnett Stokes made the announcement today via a press release.

Kurpius served as associate dean for undergraduate studies and administration from 2005-2010 with the LSU Manship School of Mass Communication where he has worked since 1997. He worked as a professor teaching advanced newsgathering classes, public affairs reporting and courses on minorities in journalism. He also served as the director of the Office of Student Media. The office houses LSU’s five student-produced media outlets.

His new role as dean is to provide leadership and to continue the school’s mission of education, research, and engagement to shape the future of journalism and strategic communication, according to the press release.

“Dave Kurpius is an outstanding choice to lead the School of Journalism,” said Gary Myers, chair of the search committee and dean of the MU School of Law, in the release. “He combines a passion and vision for journalism and strategic communication with extensive administrative experience. Dave will be able to lead our world-renowned J-school with his tremendous focus on students and faculty, and he will help get the school’s story out to alumni and industry leaders. The members of the search committee, myself included, are very impressed with his accomplishments and are very excited that he will be joining MU.”

Kurpius received a bachelor’s degree in telecommunication from Indiana University in 1986, a master’s in mass communication in 1995 and a doctorate in mass communication from the University of Wisconsin in 1997.