The dean of Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism, Nicholas Lemann, will be stepping down at the end of the current academic year, the school announced this past Wednesday.

Lemann, a Harvard graduate, never attended a journalism school himself.  When he first took the position he told the New York Times that he felt journalists should have a stronger background in general knowledge such as history, and literature.

“I am proud to have completed a decade-long term as dean of the Journalism School, and excited about the prospect of a great new dean’s leading the school to new heights during the term to come,” Lemann said in a press release from the school.   Lemann will take a year off from the school and then come back as a faculty member.

The Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism is the only journalism school in the Ivy League and one of the oldest in the United States and the world. It is one of the professional graduate schools of Columbia University.

The school was founded by Joseph Pulitzer in 1912 and also oversees the coveted Pulitzer Prize.  The school of journalism offers Master of Science and Master of Arts degrees in journalism, and a Ph.D. in communications.

A few years ago, Lemann was written up in the New York Times for having a dairy Passover Seder with his wife, a New York Times employee.  He explained that although he grew up in a Reform synagogue, he grew up with Easter Egg hunts and never attended a Bar Mitzvah until he arrived in New York many years later.

The press release also stated that University President Lee Bollinger will lead the search for Lemann’s replacement.


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