The University of Illinois College of Media Dean Ron Yates steps down from his post August 15, 2009. Faculty, students, and alumni celebrated his achievements as Dean at a party in June 2009. Yates was appointed interim dean of the College in 2003--an appointment that was later made permanent. He came to the college as head of the department of journalism in 1997 following a 27-year newspaper career, including work as a foreign correspondent for the "Chicago Tribune."
Yates will take an administrative leave during the fall semester to focus on some personal writing projects, including a book based on his experiences as a foreign correspondent in Asia from the early 1970s to the early 1990s, and consulting on a film script about Tokyo Rose. He plans to continue to teach after his leave.
"I've enjoyed this," Yates said about his time as dean of the college. "It's been tremendously satisfying to do things that have had a positive impact on the college."
All are invited to post their memories of Yates in our online Memories blog: visit the College of Media homepage for the link. There you can also read more about changes at the College of Media.
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