Debra Carpenter will return to her lifelong love of teaching in the School of Communications effective at the end of the 2011-12 academic year.
“Please join me in thanking Dean Carpenter for her 16 years of exemplary leadership as dean in the School of Communications,” said Provost Julian Schuster. “During her years of service, the School experienced tremendous growth and has become a higher education leader in teaching media communications.”
Under Carpenter’s leadership as dean, undergraduate and graduate programs were born and flourished and faculty and student accomplishments have been widely celebrated.
The student newspaper, The Journal; the student magazine, The Ampersand; and the forensics & debate, film production and advertising programs, among others, all win frequent regional and national awards. Students go on to outstanding industry careers, frequently looking back to thank Webster University and the School of Communications during their exciting journey.
“I think the timing is right for this change as we enter the transformed Sverdrup Building and enjoy all the exciting new possibilities that change will entail,” said Carpenter in her heartfelt letter to SOC faculty. “I’m happily awaiting my chance to once again be able to answer the question ‘What do you do?’ with the simple, yet profound, answer of ‘I’m a teacher.”
A national search for Carpenter’s replacement as dean will begin this fall.