Dr. Stanley Wearden, dean of the College of Communication and Information at Kent State University, has been named senior vice president and provost of Columbia College Chicago, effective July 1. Wearden will retire on June 30, 2014, after 30 years at Kent State, five as dean.
He began his career at KSU in 1984 and spent 20 years on the faculty of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, rising from assistant professor to professor.
He also served 11 years as coordinator of graduate studies, as chair of the Institutional Review Board, and won the Distinguished Teaching Award in 2002.
Before becoming dean, Wearden served for five years as interim director and director of the School of Communication Studies. He has been an active scholar with more than 30 publications and two Ohio Board of Regents Research Challenge Grants.
Some successes during his tenure as dean of the College of Communication and Information includeIncreasing college graduate enrollment by 27 percent in four years; growing international graduate enrollment by 160 percent and international undergraduate enrollment by 287 percent; forming a college-wide, integrative doctorate program; creating education-abroad scholarships and programs and increasing education-abroad participation in the college by more than 1,500 percent; and opening a student-operated integrated marketing communication firm, IdeaBase, that serves both university and external clients from off-campus commercial space in downtown Kent.
Wearden holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Wheeling College (now Wheeling Jesuit University), Wheeling, W.Va. His graduate work includes a Master of Science Journalism from West Virginia University, Morgantown, W.Va., and a doctorate in mass communication research from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.