Shepard, former BusinessWeek editor, to step down as CUNY dean


Steve Shepard, who was editor of BusinessWeek magazine for 20 years and then became the founding dean of the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, announced Monday that he is stepping down at the end of the year.

Shepard will remain on the faculty.

A story on the CUNY website states, “A search committee will be appointed to recommend candidates for the dean’s job to CUNY Chancellor Matthew Goldstein. CUNY expects a successor to be named by the fall.

“Shepard, a 1961 graduate of City College, came to CUNY in March 2005 to create a new graduate school of journalism after a long career in magazines. He was a senior editor at Newsweek, editor of Saturday Review, and editor-in-chief of BusinessWeek for more than 20 years. He also served as president of the American Society of Magazine Editors. His memoir, Deadlines and Disruption: My Turbulent Path From Print to Digital, was published in 2012 by McGraw-Hill.

“‘I will be forever grateful for the privilege of serving as founding dean of this innovative new school,’ Shepard said. ‘We can all be proud of what we’ve accomplished in short order.’

“Launched in August 2006, the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism is the only publicly funded graduate program in journalism in the Northeast. It offers a three-semester Master of Arts in Journalism and a newer M.A. in Entrepreneurial Journalism. The School enrolls about 100 new students each fall, about 65% of them women and nearly 40% students of color. The School graduated its sixth class in December 2012.”

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