Webster University announced on Monday, June 25 that Eric Rothenbuhler was selected as the School of Communications dean. Rothenbuhler was one of four finalists after a nation wide search.
He visited Webster on April 17 and held three separate question and answer sessions with students, staff, faculty and administration in which he stated his goals if he were to be dean. During his visit, Rothenbuhler said, as dean, he would want to focus on consolidating various media production mediums. “When did radio stations start hiring graphic designers? When the web came,” Rothenbuhler said. “All the media today is integrated. Once it’s all digital, the difference between them starts to shrink.”
Rothenbuhler is the former associate dean at Scripps College of Communication at Ohio University. He was also a professor there since 2010, teaching in the School of Media Arts and Studies.
Debra Carpenter, now the former SOC dean, announced her resignation from the position before the fall 2011 semester. After the May 2012 graduation, she was no longer dean. Carpenter served as SOC dean for 16 years and will return to teaching this year as a professor at Webster.
Rothenbulher taught communications at Texas A&M prior to working for Ohio University. He also was formerly the director of the Graduate Media Studies program at New School University in New York City. At the University of Iowa, Rothenbuhler started as an assistant professor and moved up to a full-time professor.