Former Newspaper Executive Named Nevada Journalism Dean

Jerry Ceppos, the vice president for news at the former Knight Ridder newspaper company, has been named dean of the University of Nevada, Reno's journalism school.

Ceppos will assume the job in early 2008 at the Donald W. Reynolds School of Journalism and Advanced Media Studies. He'll succeed Cole Campbell, who was killed in a January 2007 traffic accident in Reno.

"Jerry possesses an essential combination of experience, vision, commitment to diversity and credibility, and his name carries great recognition among the country's leading journalists," UNR President Milton Glick said.

"He will be a major influence in the school's pursuit of excellence in new media, journalism and public communications," Glick added.

Ceppos, an adjunct professor at San Jose State University, became the only finalist for the job after Thomas Hodson, director of the Ohio University journalism school, withdrew his name.

Ceppos was Knight Ridder's vice president for news from 1999 to 2005. He previously was executive editor at the San Jose Mercury News from 1995-99 and before that spent 23 years working at the
Mercury News and The Miami Herald.

As the company's vice president for news, Ceppos oversaw its Washington and foreign bureaus, and news service. He also recruited
top editors and increased diversity in newsrooms.

While he was the Mercury New's top editor, diversity of the 350-member staff grew from nine percent to more than 30 percent, among the highest in the nation.

Ceppos, 60, also played a key role in the development of Nuevo Mundo and Viet Mercury, making the Mercury News the only newspaper to be published in three languages.

In 2002, Ceppos received the Gerald M. Sass Award for Distinguished Service to Journalism and Mass Communications, the highest honor granted by the Association of Schools of Journalism and Mass Communication.

He holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Maryland.

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