Columbia's Graduate School of Journalism has received gifts totaling $2.5 million from Time Warner Inc. and the Henry Luce Foundation to establish the Henry R. Luce Professorship of Journalism, to be held initially by Dean Tom Goldstein of the Journalism School.
"The creation of the Henry R. Luce Professorship of Journalism by Time Warner and the Luce Foundation is an enduring tribute to Henry R. Luce, who founded one of the world's most successful and respected media empires," said Columbia President George Rupp. "These gifts demonstrate impressive support for journalism education and the upholding of the highest journalistic standards."
Henry Luce III, chairman of the Luce Foundation, added, "There could be no more perfect project for the Luce Foundation and Time Warner Inc. than to be in partnership to endow a journalism deanship in the name of the founder of both of them. I'm delighted to join with Gerald Levin, Richard Parsons and Time Warner in this undertaking."
Gerald M. Levin, chairman and CEO of Time Warner Inc., said: "Henry Luce was more than co-creator of the first newsweekly and progenitor of the world's premier publishing enterprise. He was also an executive and editor who insisted on the moral responsibility of his company to operate in the public interest as well as the interest of shareholders. We at Time Warner [soon to be AOL Time Warner] are proud of the heritage of journalistic integrity and independence he bequeathed us. It remains at the core of who we are. By helping establish this Henry R. Luce Professorship at Columbia's Graduate School of Journalism, an institution with a worldwide reputation for excellence, we are paying a fitting tribute to the enduring importance both of Luce and of his legacy."
"It honors our school to have the Dean's job linked to Henry R. Luce," said Dean Tom Goldstein, who will hold the position initially. "His unbending insistence on journalistic integrity and editorial excellence are precisely the values we instill in our students. These generous and thoughtful gifts will help us to meet the challenges of providing first-rate journalism education and the scholarship assistance so many of our students need. We are also especially grateful to Henry Muller and Nick Nicholas from the school's Board of Visitors for their support and guidance."
The gifts reinforce the School's relationship with Time Warner and with the publications founded by Henry Luce, who established the Luce Foundation in 1936. More than 300 of the school's graduates work for news organizations within Time Warner, and editors, writers, graphic designers and others working for Time Warner outlets serve as adjunct professors at the Journalism School, visit classes as guest lecturers, and advise faculty, staff and students on a variety of matters.
Time Warner and the Luce Foundation join an impressive roster of journalists, news organizations and foundations that support the Journalism School through endowed professorships, major scholarship programs and gifts to support new construction. In the past two years, both the Knight Foundation and the Times Mirror Corporation have endowed professorships, and a number of foundations, including Scripps Howard, the Philip Graham Fund and the New York Times Foundation have made substantial gifts for scholarships.
The Journalism School dean joins other prominent Columbia schools whose deans' professorships are endowed: Columbia College, the Law School, the Medical School and the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science.
For more than a century the School of Journalism has educated the future leaders of journalism and worked to raise the standards of the field in the United States and around the world. Its students are increasingly diverse, with a growing number hailing from around the world: in the graduating full-time class of 2000, 31 states and 30 nations were represented, 60% were women, and 29% members of minority groups. Students concentrate in magazine, broadcast, and newspaper journalism, with a fourth concentration, new media journalism, recently added.
As head of the School, the Dean is a prominent voice for quality journalism education - and quality journalism - in the nation. Tom Goldstein is a graduate of the School and a former dean of the University of California at Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism. He has worked as a reporter at the Associated Press, The Buffalo News, Newsday, The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times (where he was also a columnist), and served as press secretary to Mayor Edward I. Koch of New York.