The School of Journalism and Mass Communications at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, South Carolina has a new director.
Andrea Tanner recently accepted the position after serving as the school's interim director since July. She earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Georgia and her master’s degree and Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina, and has been a member of the School of Journalism and Mass Communications' faculty since 2000.
A national search was conducted to fill the position. Tanmer will also serve as an associate dean in the university's College of Information and Communications.
“Andrea has impressed the faculty, staff and me with her organizational and communication skills,” Dean Charles Bierbauer said. “She took on the interim role at a significant time when the school was making major change, including moving this past summer to new facilities in the heart of campus.”
The School of Journalism and Mass Communications serves 1,500 undergrad students who are studying or majoring in the fields of journalism, public relations, advertising, visual communications and mass communications. Seventy students there are working toward their master's or doctoral degrees.
Tanner's resume includes stints in television news as a reporter, anchor and producer. She belongs to the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication’s Communicating Science, Health, Environment and Risk Division.