The Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at USC announced this morning that Geneva Overholser, director of the School of Journalism since 2008, will step down in June. She said she will return to New York with her husband, Annenberg faculty member David Westphal. USC's release says it will launch a recruitment campaign for a successor to Overholser.
"Geneva Overholser is a visionary leader who has spent her career focused on how to make journalism excellent in every way -- more inclusive, more democratic, more focused on civic engagement,” USC Annenberg Dean Ernest J. Wilson III said in the release. "When she agreed to put her experience and energy toward the education of the next generation of journalists for a five-year term here at USC Annenberg, we knew we were embarking on a revolutionary time for the school. Geneva has set the bar very high for her successor.”
Overholser was editor of The Des Moines Register from 1988-1995 and previously worked at the Washington Post, New York Times and Colorado Springs Sun. USC Annenberg broke ground this month on a new 88,000-square-foot home near its current building on the USC campus.