By: Mark Fitzgerald
Tony Brown, the television commentator known for his long-running PBS series “Tony Brown?s Journal,” was named the dean of Hampton University?s Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications.
His appointment came less than a week after Chris Campbell resigned — the second journalism director to resign in two years at the historically black university. When Campbell resigned last Thursday, he was quoted by The Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk as saying the ?autocratic? style of long-time Hampton President William R. Harvey conflicted with the mission of teaching journalism. During Campbell?s year-long tenure, the press run of an edition of the student newspaper was seized and destroyed because a letter from a university official was published on an inside page, rather than the front page as demanded by administration officials.
In November 2002, journalism director Charlotte Grimes left after a disagreement with Harvey.
In a statement announcing the appointment of Brown, Harvey called him a ?team player? who ?creates successes for those with whom he associates.?
?What we have now is strong executive leadership in the Scripps Howard School of Journalism,? Harvey said. Brown will be the first to have the title of dean since the department became a school following the 2002 dedication of a multimedia facility funded by a $10 million commitment from the E.W. Scripps Co.?s philanthropic foundation. He will also be the first African American to head the school.
Brown, 71, was the first and founding dean of the School of Communications at Howard University in Washington, D.C., a biography provided by Hampton noted.