Northwestern scours industry to fill vacant director slot at Medill School

EVANSTON, IL: Northwestern University, whose communications programs are considered among the best in the nation, has quietly started searching for a new director for its Medill School of Journalism’s department of integrated marketing communications (IMC).

EVANSTON, IL: Northwestern University, whose communications programs are considered among the best in the nation, has quietly started searching for a new director for its Medill School of Journalism’s department of integrated marketing communications (IMC).

EVANSTON, IL: Northwestern University, whose communications

programs are considered among the best in the nation, has quietly

started searching for a new director for its Medill School of

Journalism’s department of integrated marketing communications

(IMC).



Current director Kurt Stocker announced earlier this month that he will

step down at the end of the fall semester. Stocker plans to move to

Florida, where he will pursue consulting opportunities and collaborate

on a book on crisis management with IMC department chairman Clarke

Caywood. Before landing at Northwestern, Stocker held high-ranking

communications posts at Continental Bank (now Bank of America) and Hill

& Knowlton.



Caywood said the school will scour all sectors of the PR profession to

find a top-notch replacement. ’By replacing one industry person with

another, we’ll show that we plan to remain closely allied with industry

practices,’ he promised.



Caywood added that he will begin advertising the position soon.

Interviews will be conducted throughout the spring and summer, and,

ideally, Stocker’s eventual successor will be named by the start of the

fall semester.



The search comes at a time when Northwestern is busy constructing a

facility to house the Medill School. Funded by a dollars 20 million

grant from the Robert R. McCormick Tribune Foundation, the building will

include advanced Internet and database technology capabilities as well

as a floor dedicated to the communications department. Omnicom has

pitched in dollars 500,000 to outfit what is being described as a ’smart

classroom.’



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