Dear Mark,

I am writing to you with an update on recent events within the Cal Poly Journalism Department. 

After consultation with faculty and much reflection, I have asked Bill Loving to step down as Chair of the Journalism Department.  Over the past two years, Mr. Loving has accomplished some important things for the department; principal among these is his containment and control of the departmental budget during challenging budgetary times. However, ongoing tensions within the department, coupled with a difference in administrative philosophies and leadership styles, have made it difficult to move the department forward.  At this time, I believe that the best course of action for the program is to find new leadership.

The assignment change will be effective August 20, 2010, at which time Graphic Communication Department Head Dr. Harvey Levenson will become interim department facilitator.  Mr. Loving will continue teaching as a full professor with tenure. 

Our number one priority now is to continue to provide the best possible academic experience for our students.  To this end, I have asked the faculty to work together on a common vision for the department and to begin moving forward on measures to implement that vision.   If the faculty cannot come together on this, then I am committed to finding a substantial and supportive new home or homes for the Journalism program. 

Let me assure you that Cal Poly's Journalism program is not going away.  I remain deeply committed to providing students with the opportunity to learn the foundational skills so critical to quality journalism and public discourse, such as ethics, strong research and writing, critical inquiry, and sound judgment.  My commitment remains, too, to the key areas of the Journalism program, including broadcasting, news editing, public relations, and multi-media.  I also support the continued growth of our multi-media programs across the college, as it is imperative to the success of our graduates and their ability to compete in today's high tech environment. 

Thank you for your patience and support during this critical time.  I will continue to update you as we transition over the next year.

Best regards,

Linda H. Halisky
Dean