Thanks, Dean Jean

Today is the last day that Jean Folkerts will be dean at the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at UNC-Chapel Hill. She is stepping down from that role, but she will remain on the faculty.

As noted in a recent News & Observer column, Folkerts has led the j-school at a challenging time for our profession. She has done so with verve and commitment.

Folkerts has also been a friend and mentor to junior (i.e., untenured) faculty members. During her five years as dean, she has encouraged and enabled us to excel as teachers and scholars, and as servants to the journalism profession and the state of North Carolina.

As someone who benefited from that mentoring, I want to say thanks to Jean for her leadership and offer my congratulations on a job well done. Best wishes to you, Jean, and thanks for being a great boss!

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