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Journalism Dean Tom Goldstein Steps Down After 5 Years of Accomplishments

Thomas Goldstein

Thomas Goldstein, dean of the Graduate School of Journalism, announced that he will step down from his post to join his family in California.

Goldstein originally agreed to a term of four years, but stayed five after Provost and Dean of Faculties Jonathan Cole persuaded him to stay on last spring. Goldstein had told faculty last May that he would have a reduced presence on campus during the fall of 2001 and would make a final decision by January whether he would continue.

"For many months, I have been planning to leave at the end of this term to rejoin my family in California," said Goldstein, a graduate of the Journalism School. "Now I make it official. The last five years have been busy ones, and I am pleased that all of us accomplished so much in that time. The many core programs of the school have remained strong, and we focused on advancing the educational mission of the school, solidifying its financial underpinnings and expanding its reach in promoting high journalism standards."

Among Goldstein's list of accomplishments at the Journalism School are fundamental changes in the curriculum, opening the school to more part-time master's students, lengthening the school year to 10 months and launching an interdisciplinary doctoral program in communications, now in its fourth year.

He significantly increased the number of faculty, and the endowment jumped from $54 million to $84 million in five years.

Also during his tenure, four new professorships were added; scholarship aid tripled; the Columbia Publishing Course, previously based at Radcliffe, moved to Columbia, and the Washington-based Project for Excellence in Journalism, a research affiliate directed by Tom Rosenstiel, was established.

Three new prize programs were established, including the J. Anthony Lukas Prizes for nonfiction writing, the Kurt Schork Prizes in international journalism and the Online Journalism Awards for Web journalism. Ties with universities in Barcelona and Buenos Aires were also established.

"These achievements, among many others, could not have been accomplished without the imagination, the energy and intelligence of Tom Goldstein," said Cole in a letter to the Columbia community. "He has placed the School on the path toward the creation of professional students who have both the journalistic skills to be leaders in the profession as well as the substantive knowledge in specific areas of importance to journalists that will come from allowing students greater access to courses and professors in cognate schools at Columbia.

"We managed to get one more exceptional year from Tom than I was promised. For that, I am grateful. In the five years of Tom's leadership, the School has made some historically important changes."

Goldstein has been dean of the Graduate School of Journalism since July 1997. Immediately prior to that, he was dean of the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California at Berkeley.

He has also been a Lombard Visiting Professor at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard, a Gannett Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of Florida at Gainesville and an adjunct professor at New York University.

Among other positions he has held, Goldstein has been a legal reporter for The New York Times, media writer for New York Newsday, real estate reporter for the Wall Street Journal, and a consultant for ABC News Nightline. He served as press secretary to Mayor of New York Edward I. Koch.

His articles have appeared in Rolling Stone, The New York Times Magazine, The Nation, Columbia Law Review, Washington Journalism Review, The Washington Post, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The San Francisco Chronicle and The Buffalo News. He is the author of "The News at Any Cost," "A Two-Faced Press," "Killing the Messenger" and "The Lawyer's Guide to Writing Well."

He received the J.D. from Columbia Law School in 1971, the M.A. degree from the Graduate School of Journalism in 1969, and the B.A. from Yale in 1967.

Published: Jan 25, 2002
Last modified:Sep 18, 2002

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