Columbia Journalism Dean To Step Down

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(AP) Tom Goldstein, dean of Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism for five years, announced plans Thursday to step down in June.

Goldstein, 56, who was dean of the graduate school of journalism at the University of California at Berkeley from 1988 to 1996, cited his desire to return to California.

“For many months, I have been planning to leave at the end of this term to rejoin my family in California,” Goldstein said in an e-mail to faculty and staff. “Now I make it official.”

When Goldstein took the job at Columbia in July 1997, he said he intended to stay four years.

Provost and Dean of Faculties Jonathan R. Cole, in a letter to colleagues, said he was grateful Goldstein stayed an extra year.

“We accept his decision, of course, although we would have much preferred” that he stay on, Cole wrote. “We managed to get one more exceptional year from Tom than we were promised. For all five years, we are most grateful.”

Cole will appoint a search committee for a successor.

Goldstein, who is married and has a 5-year-old son, declined to discuss his plans, except to say he would live in the San Francisco Bay area.

“The school has made some historically important changes” during Goldstein’s tenure, Cole said. They include altering important parts of its curriculum, opening the school to more part-time master’s students, and starting a multidisciplinary doctoral program in communications.

He said Goldstein also increased the school’s endowment and strengthened its budget, and presented a strategic plan “that will strengthen the core programs at the school.”

Last year, the school enlisted former Vice President Al Gore to be a visiting instructor on covering national affairs. The class generated some controversy when the school initially asked students to consider Gore’s remarks to be off the record.

Goldstein began his career at the Buffalo (N.Y.) Evening News, and later worked at The Associated Press as a reporter in the New York bureau, New York Newsday as a media writer, The Wall Street Journal as a real estate reporter, and The New York Times as a legal reporter and business columnist.

He was Mayor Edward Koch’s press secretary from 1980 to 1982.

After Michael Bloomberg was sworn in as mayor, the Bloomberg News service hired Goldstein as a consultant to advise on potential conflicts of interest.

He is the author of “The News at Any Cost,” “A Two-Faced Press,” and “The Lawyer’s Guide to Writing Well,” which he wrote with Jethro K. Lieberman. He also is the editor of “Killing the Messenger: 100 Years of Press Criticism.”

Goldstein graduated from Yale in 1967 and earned a master’s degree in journalism and a law degree at Columbia.

The Columbia School of Journalism was founded in 1912 by Joseph Pulitzer. It administers the Pulitzer Prizes, the duPont-Columbia Awards in broadcast journalism, and the National Magazine Awards.

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