Dianne Lynch Withdraws from J-School Dean Search



Dianne Lynch, currently dean of the Roy H. Park School of Communications at Ithaca College, has withdrawn her candidacy to be the Cal J-School's new dean, according to a letter sent around by J-School staff yesterday. The full text of the somewhat mysterious message after the jump.

Subject: [J-School Staff] Message from the Dean Search Committee Date: Thu, March 15, 2007 11:51 am

March 15, 2007

Dear J-School Community,

I thank you again for your continued support and participation in the on-going Dean Search process. As you know, Josh Quittner is scheduled to visit campus next week on Wednesday, March 21 & Thursday, March 22. I hope you will join the search committee in welcoming him to campus.

I also have some unfortunate news. Dianne Lynch has withdrawn her candidacy for the position. She asked that I thank all of you for the hospitality during her visit to Berkeley this week and to convey that, in her words "I found the program, the people, and the students as amazing and exceptional as I expected I would." She has determined, nonetheless, that this is not the appropriate position for her at this time. I have spoken with her at length, and this is her final decision.

Sincerely yours,

AnnaLee Saxenian Dean and Professor, School of Information Chair, Journalism Dean Search Committee