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Jack Hamilton named provost at Louisiana State University

Louisiana State University
June 8, 2010
LSU Chancellor Michael Martin has named Manship School of Mass Communication Dean John M. Hamilton as the university’s new executive vice chancellor and provost for a two-year appointment.

Hamilton will step down as dean of the Manship School on June 30, and his appointment as provost becomes effective July 1. He will remain on the faculty at the Manship School.

“We thank Astrid Merget for her wonderful service as LSU’s provost during the past few years, and I know she will be around to offer her help and counsel through these difficult financial times,” Martin said. “Jack Hamilton brings an excellent record of service and many years of experience to this job, as well as a deep commitment to LSU. He will be a vital part of the leadership team that will carry us through these tough times.”

Hamilton came to LSU in 1992 after more than two decades as a journalist and public servant. He is also an award-winning author with six books to his credit, including 2009’s “Journalism’s Roving Eye: A History of American Newsgathering Abroad,” published by LSU Press. It won the 2010 Goldsmith Book Award by Harvard’s Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics, and Public Policy; was named one of Slate Magazine’s Best Books of 2009; and is a finalist for the 2010 Tankard Book Award, in affiliation with the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication.

Under Hamilton’s stewardship, the Manship School of Mass Communication has quintupled its endowment, completely renovated its building to include state-of-the-art technology and instituted the highest admission standards for a senior college at LSU. Hamilton has also overseen the establishment of a new Ph.D. program in media and public affairs – the only one of its kind in the nation – and created the Reilly Center for Media and Public Affairs, the Media Effects Lab and the Public Policy Research Lab, which is one of the largest university survey facilities in the Southeast.

As a journalist, Hamilton reported abroad for ABC Radio and the Christian Science Monitor, and was a longtime national commentator on public radio’s MarketPlace. He served in the U.S. Agency for International Development during the Carter administration, on the staff of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and at the World Bank. He was the first to explore systematic ways to improve local coverage of foreign affairs and has played a leading role in shaping public opinion about U.S.-Third World relations, according to the National Journal.
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