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University of Kentucky professor to lead UNL College of Journalism
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University of Kentucky professor to lead UNL College of Journalism

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Shari Veil, an associate dean in the College of Communication and Information and chair and professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Kentucky, is the new dean of the College of Journalism and Mass Communications at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Veil will begin work at UNL on July 1, pending approval by the Board of Regents. 

"I am honored to lead the College of Journalism and Mass Communications at Nebraska," Veil said in a statement released by UNL. "I was immediately impressed with its hands-on approach to education and openness to new ideas. This is an exciting time for the college as it expands and evolves along with the industry. I look forward to working with university leadership, faculty and staff to design and implement a shared vision for the college’s future."

Richard Moberly, interim executive vice chancellor, announced Veil's selection Monday.

Shari Veil

Shari Veil

At Kentucky, Veil oversees the recruitment, advisement and retention of more than 1,900 undergraduate students in five majors, four minors and two undergraduate programs, and teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in risk and crisis communication, organizational communication and mass communication.

Before taking the position at Kentucky, she taught strategic communication and served as the director of the Center for Risk and Crisis Management at the University of Oklahoma.

Veil earned a Bachelor of Science in communication and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Mary in North Dakota. Her doctorate in communication, with a research focus on risk and crisis communication, is from North Dakota State University.

"Shari is committed to developing creative activity and scholarship as key components of the college's strategic plan, one that will focus on keeping the college steady and nimble as it adapts and grows in the exciting and changing landscape of journalism and mass communications," Moberly said.

Amy Struthers will continue as interim dean of the college until July 1.

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