Dean Mills to Be Inducted into the Hall of Fame at the University of Iowa School of Journalism and Mass Communication

Iowa City (March 14, 2013) — The University of Iowa School of Journalism and Mass Communication announced Wednesday it will induct two alumni into its Hall of Fame, the School’s highest honor.

Dean Mills
Dean Mills

Dean Mills, BA ’65, a professor and dean of the Missouri School of Journalism, and Alan Waxenberg, BA ’56, former executive vice president and publisher of Good Housekeeping magazine, will be honored April 19 during UI-SJMC’s Hall of Fame Fourth Estate Dinner.

The Hall of Fame inducted its first member, legendary pollster George Gallup, in 1948. Since then, the hall has grown to 67 members, whose ranks consist of Iowa alumni and faculty who have made key contributions to journalism and strategic communication professions, teaching and research.

“Honoring Hall of Fame winners is a wonderful event each year,” said David D. Perlmutter, director of the School. “It’s a privilege for us to give tribute to great people like Dean and Alan who have spent their lives serving academia and the professions. I also think it’s an inspiration to the students at the ceremony who see that if you do great by doing good you will be rewarded by the acclaim of your peers.”

Mills is the eighth dean in the 104-year history of the Missouri School of Journalism. During his 24-year tenure as dean, the School has added eight endowed chairs, built two new buildings and renovated two others, funded almost entirely by private funds. Before entering academia, Mills worked as a professional journalist. He became Moscow Bureau Chief for the Baltimore Sun in 1969. From 1972 to 1975 Mills was a Sun correspondent in Washington, D.C., where he covered the Watergate scandal, the resignation of Vice President Spiro T. Agnew and the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision.

“I am both touched and amazed that Iowa, to which I already owe so much, has chosen to add to the debt this very special award,” Mills said.

Updated: July 14, 2020

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