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Former Dean of Columbia School of Journalism Appointed as Founding Dean of the Jindal School of Journalism & Communication

30 March 2017
The Telegraph

Professor Tom Goldstein, a distinguished American journalism educator, administrator and author was today appointed as the Founding Dean of the Jindal School of Journalism & Communication (JSJC) of O.P. Jindal Global University (JGU). Professor Goldstein formerly served as Dean of the journalism schools at Columbia and Berkeley and board member of the Pulitzer Prize. 

As a journalist Professor Goldstein worked at AP, Newsday, The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times and was also press secretary to New York City Mayor Edward Koch. Over the past 20 years he has also consulted with many non-profit and for-profit organizations on press practices, including the Ford Foundation, McKinsey, and most recently, Twitter. 

Speaking on the occasion, JGU Founding Vice-Chancellor, Professor (Dr) C Raj Kumar, said, “I have great pleasure in announcing the appointment of Professor Tom Goldstein as the Founding Dean of the Jindal School of Journalism and Communication, Professor Goldstein brings to JGU an extraordinarily diversified set of experiences and perspectives.” 

Professor Kumar further observed, “As an intellectual visionary who understands the critical and evolving role of media and communications, his contribution and leadership will be invaluable in setting up the first interdisciplinary school of journalism and communication in the country. His vast experience of being a journalist, academic, author, administrator and institution builder makes him eminently suitable to assume the role of the founding Dean of the JSJC. He will be leading an outstanding group of faculty members who will be joining the JSJC very shortly” 

Born in Buffalo, New York, Professor Goldstein is a graduate of Yale University, where he majored in English, and the Columbia University Law School as well as its Graduate School of Journalism. 

Professor Tom Goldstein, Founding Dean, JSJC, said, “I am so pleased to be joining the extraordinarily vibrant academic community at O.P. Jindal Global University, I am looking forward enormously to become Dean of its journalism school. This is a once-in-a-career opportunity.” 

Over the years, Professor Goldstein had the honor of holding five “named” chairs—at the University of Florida at Gainesville (1983-84), the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University (1994), the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia (July 2000-June 2002), Stanford University (Fall 2002), and Arizona State University (2003 and 2004). 

Professor Goldstein joined the faculty of the University of California at Berkeley in 1984 and served as dean of its journalism school from 1988 and 1996 and again from 2011-2012.) For eleven-and-a-half years, from 2005 to 2016, he served as director of Berkeley’s undergraduate program in media studies. From 2014-2016, he chaired the Admissions Committee for the entire University of California at Berkeley. He took leave from Berkeley in 1997 to serve as Dean of his alma mater, the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. While dean, he supervised the Columbia Journalism Review, the leading journal about press issues in the United States, and served as a member of the board of the Pulitzer Prize, the premier journalism award in the United States. He and his staff raised US$50 million for the school. 

Before returning to Berkeley, Professor Goldstein taught at Stanford and at Arizona State University. Professor Goldstein’s last book, Journalism and Truth, was published in 2007. He is now completing a book about the historical links between advertising and news. 

JSJC is the sixth school of O.P. Jindal Global University (JGU), a non-profit global university established by the Haryana Private Universities Act, 2009. The vision of the Jindal School of Journalism & Communication (JSJC) is to build a world-class institution in India that offers opportunities for education, research and capacity building in media and communication studies. The school intends to create the next generation of leaders in the fields of media, NGOs, think tanks, research institutions, corporations and academic institutions.