By: E&P Staff
Stephen B. Shepard, editor of BusinessWeek for the past 20 years, is expected to be named founding dean of the new Graduate School of Journalism at the City University of New York tonight when he gains the approval of the board of trustees.
The first class will be admitted in August, 2006. The school will be housed in the old New York Herald Tribune building.
Shepard, 65, was recommended for the post by university Chancellor Matthew Goldstein.
In a memo to staff, posted at the Poynter Institute’s Romenesko sit, Shepard wrote: “My task is to help develop an innovative curriculum, hire a strong faculty, recruit promising students, and design a physical space for the school, which will be located in the old Herald Tribune building on West 41st Street. I also hope to do some teaching. And, inevitably, I?ll try to raise some money.
“This is an exciting challenge for someone like me. It combines many of the things I care deeply about: journalism, public education, and New York City. Not least, it offers the chance to increase the number of minorities and immigrants in our profession.”
McGraw-Hill, which publishes BusinessWeek, announced today that Shepard will retire as editor on April 1, 2005.