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Quinnipiac University appoints new School of Communications dean

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HAMDEN, Conn. – Quinnipiac University has named the new dean of the School of Communications on Monday. 

Provost Debra Liebowitz announced in an email on Feb. 5 that Nadine Barnett Cosby will become the new School of Communications dean on June 15. This announcement comes after former Dean Chris Roush stepped down from the position last May

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Dr. Cosby is a seasoned academic leader with a passion for fostering student success, faculty engagement and advancing the academic mission of higher education,” Liebowitz said in the email. “A scholar of theory and practice, she brings a wealth of experience, combining academic expertise, practical skills and application, experience in communications industries, and a strong commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.”

Barnett Cosby has previously served as the associate vice provost for Academic Affairs and associate professor, Media & Strategic Communication Department at Iona University, formerly known as Iona College. 

She started working at Iona in 2012, teaching courses in broadcasting and production, writing for television, TV aesthetics and criticism, race and gender. While at Iona, she also served as the faculty advisor for the University’s television club, ICTV. 

Her work in the past has included exploration of racial, cultural and gender representation, most recently publishing in the WestFair Business Journal titled, The Future of Business is Diversity, back in 2020. 

Prior to working at Iona, Barnett Cosby has over 20 years of experience in radio, television and film working in multiple different roles for Madison Square Garden, Fox 5, Lifetime Television Networks and Disney/ABC. 

Barnett Cosby also graduated with her Masters from Iona’s Media & Strategic Communication Department in 1996, as well as her BA from CUNY, Lehman College, her MA from The New School for Public Engagement and PhD from Regent University. She is also a Fulbright Scholar. 

Dr. Terry Bloom, who’s currently serving as interim dean for the 2023-2024 school year, will be returning to her previous position as associate dean once Barnett Cosby takes office in June.

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Connor Coar is a third-year journalism major from Honesdale, Pennsylvania. He is a part of the School of Communications 3+1 accelerated dual-degree program and will receive his master’s in Sports Journalism in 2025. Before becoming president, Connor was an associate and executive producer for Bobcat Breakdown and a beat reporter for the women’s soccer and women’s ice hockey teams. Connor is also a member of the Quinnipiac Bobcats Sports Network.

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