Columbia, Mo. (May 14, 2012) — The Missouri School of Journalism has named Lynda Kraxberger, a professor and chair of the convergence journalism faculty, as its new associate dean for undergraduate studies and administration. She will begin her responsibilities on July 1.
Kraxberger will replace Brian Brooks, who will retire after almost four decades as a journalist and educator at the end of the 2011-12 academic year. During his tenure, he educated thousands of aspiring journalists, pioneered technological breakthroughs benefitting both classroom instruction and the media industry, and helped further the reputation of the school as a leader in journalism education.
In making the announcement to the faculty and staff, Dean Mills, dean, said that Kraxberger has agreed to take on one of the most challenging jobs in the school.
“She brings a combination of dedication to students and faculty, creativity, administrative skills and both school and campus leadership experience that will make her terrific at this new assignment,” he said.
Since joining the Missouri journalism faculty in 1993 as the executive producer at KOMU-TV, Kraxberger has helped integrate new technologies into the school’s curriculum. She coaches students on multi-platform and multimedia storytelling for distribution through the Missouri School of Journalism’s professional news organizations: the Columbia Missourian, KBIA-FM and KOMU-TV. Kraxberger’s roots as a newscast producer at KCNC-TV in Denver and WJXT-TV in Jacksonville, Fla., shaped her interest in visual storytelling.
An award-winning teacher, Kraxberger received the William T. Kemper Fellowship for Teaching Excellence, an award that recognizes the University of Missouri‘s most outstanding professors, in 2007. She received the school’s highest teaching honor, the O.O. McIntyre Fellowship, in 2006.
Kraxberger earned her master’s degree from the Missouri School of Journalism in 1988 and her bachelor’s degree in foreign affairs from the University of Virginia in 1984.