Campus Graduate School of Journalism dean resigns

Neil Henry has resigned as dean of UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism, the campus announced Friday.

In an email to faculty, staff, students and selected alumni of the journalism school, Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost George Breslauer said Henry will return to teaching. According to the email, former dean Tom Goldstein will serve as interim dean for the upcoming academic year with the expectation of appointing a full-term dean effective July 1, 2012.

Henry was chosen as dean of the journalism school in 2009 after holding the position on a transitional basis since 2007.

“Please join me in thanking Neil for his many years of service as dean,” Breslauer said in the email. “During these years, Neil has made important and lasting contributions to the school, the region and the profession of journalism.”

Included in Henry’s accomplishments enumerated by Breslauer is the implementation of a major curriculum reorganization for multimedia and basic reporting instruction. Henry also played a role in the launch of The Bay Citizen, a nonprofit news organization founded in 2010 that covers the Bay Area and partners with The New York Times, among other media outlets.

J.D. Morris is an assistant news editor.