NFOIC board president named dean of U. of Maryland’s Philip Merrill College of Journalism

Photo of Lucy DalglishColumbia, MO (May 18, 2012) — Lucy Dalglish, board president for the National Freedom of Information Coalition’s (NFOIC), has been named dean of the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland. Dalglish will succeed Kevin Klose and her appointment will take effect August 1.  

Dalglish, who is also Executive Director of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, told NFOIC directors prior to their May 11 meeting in Madison, WI that she would be leaving the board after 15 years when her board terms ends July 1.  

Her appointment as Maryland journalism dean was announced Thursday (May 17).   

Dalglish says she intends to take steeps to broaden the education of Merrill College students by working to create partnerships with other colleges within the university, while expanding opportunities with other journalism schools and working journalists. Her goal is to create journalism students who are lifelong learners.

“Over the past dozen years, I have had the opportunity to hire Maryland students as interns or employees and have always been impressed with their knowledge, skills and desire to learn. As dean, I look forward to working with everyone at the Merrill College and helping our students find success in the exciting and changing world of journalism.”

Hyde Post, president-elect of the NFOIC board, said the University of Maryland’s journalism school will be “very lucky” to have Dalglish as its new leader.

"We will miss her at the NFOIC but tip our hats to the wise folks who recruited her to the University of Maryland," Post added. "Having her as their journalism dean is definitely a good day for the Terps."

Kenneth F.  Bunting, executive director of NFOIC, predicted that Dalglish would “continue to be a passionate advocate and champion for the First Amendment and open government in her new role.”

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