Magazine article Diverse Issues in Higher Education

Getting to Know Dr. Ernest J. Wilson

Magazine article Diverse Issues in Higher Education

Getting to Know Dr. Ernest J. Wilson

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It's no exaggeration to say that Dr. Ernest J. Wilson III brings a dazzling breadth of academic and public affairs experience to the deanship of the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Southern California. Since taking the helm of the renowned communications school this past July, Wilson has maintained a vigorous outreach effort to hear the ideas and concerns of U.S. mass media executives and policymakers as well as those of foreign media leaders and public officials.

A political scientist who has achieved academic acclaim for his innovative interdisciplinary scholarship, the Washington, D.C.-native has also organized the faculty into advisor groups and is working with the groups to craft a visionary new master plan for the Annenberg School.

"It's about taking a school that's already great and making it even better," Wilson says.

These days, scholars in the communication fields, such as journalism, have grown concerned about the unprecedented challenges that traditional mass media entities, such as newspapers and television broadcasters, are facing due to the growing popularity of the Internet. Wilson says the Annenberg is well positioned to help facilitate the intellectual discussion over how traditional media can evolve with the emergence of new media and new communication technologies.

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"We want to be able to shape the intellectual debate as well as the policy debate," Wilson says.

Officials say that the Annenberg School should benefit from Wilson's proven abilities that he's demonstrated as a White House National Security Council senior official, Corporation for Public Broadcasting board member, Center for International Development and Conflict Management director at the University of Maryland, and political science professor. He's also known as a leading expert on communications and information technologies in Africa, Brazil and China, and has held professorships at the University of Maryland, the University of Michigan and the University of Pennsylvania.

"Under Dr. Wilson's leadership with his record of accomplishment and practice of societal communications, we are confident the USC Annenberg School will accelerate its current momentum and expand its national and international influence," said Dr. …

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