FLORENCE---Donald W. Stewart of Florence has been named chairman of the Department of Mass Communication at Francis Marion University, effective July 1.
Stewart, a member of the FMU faculty since 1984, takes over a department created by splitting the Department of Fine Arts and Mass Communication into two separate academic units.
The Department of Mass Communication provides a bachelor’s degree for students majoring in print journalism, broadcast journalism, public relations and allied professions. The new department has six faculty members and nearly 200 majors.
Lawrence Anderson will continue to serve as chairman of the Department of Fine Arts which includes visual arts, art education, theatre and music programs.
“I am pleased that Professor Stewart has agreed to take on this leadership role in this new academic department,” said Provost Richard Chapman. “He brings a strong teaching background and practical experience as a journalist to this position. The mass communication program is one of our fastest growing majors, and Don’s leadership will help us to continue to strengthen this program.”
A native of North Apollo, Pa., Stewart has served as a reporter and editor on the staffs of several newspapers, including the Dayton (Ohio) Daily News, the Wilmington (N.C.) Star-News, the Kokomo (Ind.) Tribune, the Valley-Dispatch (Pa.), the Greenville (Ill.) Advocate, the Apollo (Pa.) News Record, and the Vandergrift (Pa.) News.
He was awarded the “Tops in Ohio Award” by the Ohio Newspaper Women’s Association in 1982 and received Pulitzer Prize nominations for three of his investigative pieces written for the Dayton Daily News. He has received many other awards for his reporting.
Stewart has taught at several colleges and universities, including Sinclair College, the University of Dayton, Roberts Wesleyan College and Michigan State University.
In 1995, Stewart drafted the proposal creating a major in mass communication at FMU. A member of the Society of Professional Journalists since 1984, he has served as a writing coach and consultant for the Florence Morning News and has served as an expert witness in several libel lawsuits.
He earned a bachelor’s degree from Greenville College in Illinois and a master’s degree from Michigan State University.
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