MISSOULA – In an effort to serve students better at the University of Montana, Larry Abramson, dean of the School of Journalism, will become
In this new capacity, Abramson will provide UM’s new Executive Vice President and Provost Jon Harbor with guidance and assistance for cross-cutting university priorities in which he has key knowledge and experience – one of which will be in global and international opportunities.
Abramson was a prominent NPR news correspondent before joining UM as dean of the School of Journalism in 2014. Denise Dowling, currently associate professor and director of student services in the journalism school, will take over as interim dean on Sept. 10.
“I look forward to serving the UM community in my new role as special adviser to the provost, specifically on topics such as diversity and inclusion,” Abramson said. “I’m confident that the staff and faculty of the J-school will continue their long-standing commitment to serving students, and that their dedication and experience will make this transition successful.”
Dowling served in the interim dean role from 2012 to 2014, while the search for Abramson took place.
One highlight of Abramson’s tenure as dean includes expanding Montana Journalism Abroad, which sent three groups of students overseas to Germany, Japan
Other achievements include the Crown Project, a mentoring and scholarship program for graduate students studying the Crown of the Continent, as well as the launch of the Montana Media Lab, which included
“The UM community at large, and J-school students
Abramson’s role as special adviser to the provost comes at an opportune time – UM’s executive vice president and provost
“Larry’s perspective and advice are valuable to me during my first year as UM provost,” Harbor said. “His knowledge and experience relating to free speech, diversity