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2006.03.27 > For Immediate Release
contact: Teresa Gleason - University Affairs
phone: 402.554.2762 - email: tmgleason@mail.unomaha.edu

Gail Baker Named Dean of CCFAM

Omaha - Gail F. Baker has been named dean of the College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO).  She will begin her new duties July 1.

The appointment is pending approval by the University of Nebraska Board of Regents.

"Dr. Baker brings a unique combination of administrative and academic accomplishments to the position," said UNO Chancellor Nancy Belck.  "She has the skills and experience to develop this exciting new college."

The UNO College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media (CCFAM) was formed July 1, 2005.  The move united UNO's existing School of Communication, radio station and television station with the UNO College of Fine Arts.  Today, CCFAM consists of the UNO School of Communication; four academic departments – art and art history, music, theatre and Writer's Workshop; KVNO Classical 90.7 FM; and UNO Television. 

"The new college is a critical component of UNO's metropolitan mission and commitment to students, academic excellence and community engagement," said John Christensen, vice chancellor for academic and student affairs at UNO.  "Dr. Baker's previous administrative appointments and scholarly research are especially appropriate for UNO's metropolitan mission and our commitment to diversity and inclusion for students, faculty, staff and the community."

Baker received her Ph.D. in journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1991, her M.S. in marketing communications from Roosevelt University in 1980 and her BSJ in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University in 1976.  She joins UNO from the University of Florida where she has held numerous positions since 1995, including vice president for public relations, director of communications, special assistant to the provost for academic communications, and chair and associate professor of public relations in the College of Journalism and Communications.  Prior to her arrival at the University of Florida, she held academic and administrative positions at the University of Missouri-Columbia from 1983 to 1995.

Baker is accredited in the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) where she is also a member of the College of Fellows.  She has published on cross-cultural communications, ethnic public relations, reputation management, and advertising and marketing.  Baker has also won awards for excellence in teaching and scholarship.

"I am extremely excited and honored to be joining UNO and the Omaha community.  This college is uniquely positioned to advance the university's metropolitan mission.  I look forward to working with the outstanding individuals who comprise and support CCFAM," Baker said.

Robert Welk began serving as interim dean of the former UNO College of Fine Arts in July 2003 and was appointed dean of the newly formed CCFAM in July 2005.

For more information, contact Teresa Gleason at 402.554.2762 or tmgleason@mail.unomaha.edu.

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