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Mayborn School of Journalism selects new dean

From a UNT News Service press release

Dorothy Bland

Dorothy M. Bland

Dorothy Bland, a professor of journalism at Florida A&M University's School of Journalism & Graphic Communication, has been named the new dean of UNT's Frank W. and Sue Mayborn School of Journalism. Her appointment will begin in June.

Bland will replace M. Jean Keller, who has served as the school's acting dean since September 2012. Bland's extensive journalism background includes working in various newspaper positions for 25 years. She was a reporter and editor at USA Today and she is a past president and publisher of both the Chillicothe Gazette and Fort Collins Coloradoan newspapers owned by Gannett. She earned three Gannett President's Rings for outstanding performance.

Bland's hiring is a highly significant academic appointment for UNT in our continuing quest to be a national research university with outstanding student learning, says Warren Burggren, UNT provost and vice president for Academic Affairs.

"I am extremely pleased for our current journalism students, faculty and staff and for the many distinguished alumni and friends of the school, all of whom will benefit not only from Dorothy Bland's demonstrated leadership skills in an academic setting, but also from her extensive experience in publishing," Burggren says.

Bland says leading the Mayborn School of Journalism is a wonderful opportunity.

"I understand that UNT's theme is 'A green light to greatness.' The Mayborn School has a strong foundation plus excellent potential for more greatness," Bland says. "It is strategically located in the fifth largest media market in the nation and a diverse region well positioned for future growth."

Bland adds that the school's annual Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference is a "national treasure," as well as its program offerings in student media, student-run advertising/public relations, and photo/multimedia agencies.

"I look forward to working with the team to increase the school's visibility in the digital age and take it to the next level. I value UNT's four bold goals related to student success, providing a superior educational experience, developing faculty and staff and expanding partnerships," she says.

About Dorothy M. Bland

Bland directed Florida A&M University's Division of Journalism -- the first accredited journalism program at a historically African American university -- for five years. Her accomplishments include:

  • Leading a successful reaccreditation for the division in spring 2008 and 2012
  • Securing an annual commitment for Scripps-Howard Foundation Internship/Scholarship Grants for two FAMU students beginning in 2011
  • Working with CBS News, FAMU journalism alumni and others to establish the Harold Dow Professorship, named in honor of the award-winning 48 Hours correspondent who died in August 2010
  • At FAMU, Bland led campaigns to raise more than $100,000 to support the National Association of Black Journalists Multimedia Short Courses from 2009 to 2012 and the Dow Jones News Fund Multimedia High School Workshops in 2010 and 2012.
  • Served as the interim advisor for both the FAMU chapter of the Association of Black Journalists, which was named Student Chapter of the Year in 2008 and was a finalist in 2009, and the FAMU chapter of Public Relations Society of America
  • Served FAMU as a member of the Retention Council, the Web Site Steering Committee and the Search Committee for the Assistant Vice President for Instructional Technology, and was the subcommittee chair of the university's Organizational Analysis Task Force.
  • Served on site teams for the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications at universities in California, Georgia, Kansas, Illinois, Louisiana, Mississippi and other states.
  • Served as a juror for the Pulitzer Prizes and a guest lecturer at the Poynter Institute, Kuwait University and other institutions.

Bland received her bachelor's degree in journalism from Arkansas State University and her master of business administration degree in marketing from George Washington University. She was a McCormick Fellow in the Advanced Executive Program at Northwestern University's Media Management Center and has completed additional graduate courses at Florida State University.

About the Frank W. and Sue Mayborn School of Journalism:

The Mayborn School of Journalism includes the Department of News and Department of Strategic Communications, which administer bachelor's degrees.

The school also houses the free-standing Frank W. Mayborn Graduate Institute of Journalism, which administers the only nationally accredited professional master's degree program at a Texas college or university. The institute was founded in 1999 after UNT received a gift from the Frank W. and Sue Mayborn Foundation. Frank W. Mayborn was the longtime editor, publisher and owner of the Temple Daily Telegram and the Killeen Daily Herald in Central Texas and owner of KCEN-TV, Temple's NBC affiliate. After her husband's death in 1987, Sue Mayborn assumed his duties as editor, publisher and owner of the Temple Daily Telegram and the Killeen Daily Herald. She also served as owner and president of KCEN-TV until 2009.

Nancy Kolsti with UNT News Service can be reached at

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