NU-Q professor in residence Craig LaMay named school’s acting dean

Austin Benavides, Campus Editor

Northwestern University in Qatar named professor in residence Craig LaMay as acting dean on January 1, replacing former NU-Q dean Everette Dennis.

LaMay is a journalist who has worked internationally and has written several books about the role of the media and press freedom. Prior to being chosen as acting dean, LaMay taught several NU-Q classes about sports as a social institution and comparative media law. He is also a member of the NU-Q dean search committee, but he is not a candidate for the permanent position.

The University said in a release it hopes to choose a permanent replacement for Dennis sometime in the 2020 spring semester. When the committee chooses a new dean, LaMay is planned to return back to his role as a professor.

Dennis told students in a December email to the NU-Q community that he was stepping down to take a family health leave. He was previously planned to step down in summer 2020 after serving in the position for nearly a decade. Dennis is expected to be on leave during the 2020-2021 academic year before returning as a tenured faculty member of the Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications.

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