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Marcus Messner named director of Richard T. Robertson School of Media and Culture

May 14, 2020

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Dr. Marcus Messner

The Richard T. Robertson School of Media and Culture in the College of Humanities and Sciences at VCU announces the appointment of Dr. Marcus Messner as the school's new director. 

Messner, having been a full-time faculty member with the School since 2007, was appointed to the role of interim director of the Robertson School in July 2019, and was selected for the permanent director role after a national search. 

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Marcus Messner as director of the Robertson School of Media and Culture effective July 1, 2020,” said Dr. Donald Young, Interim Dean of the College of Humanities and Sciences. “I know that the Robertson School will continue to shine with his leadership. Please join me in congratulating Dr. Messner on his appointment.” 

Messner, who earned his Ph.D. in Communication from the University of Miami in Florida and worked as a journalist in his native Germany and the U.S., has a scholarship record of more than 110 academic publications and presentations at academic conferences. His main research focus is on the influence and adoption of social media in journalism, public relations and health communication. He is a tenured professor in the school's journalism sequence and was recognized by the College with its Excellence in Scholarship Award, as an Eminent Scholar and by the university with a Distinguished Teaching Award.

"It is my honor to continue to lead our outstanding team of faculty and staff as director of the Robertson School,” said Messner. “Together we will work to increase our School's national reputation by expanding the real-world learning opportunities for our advertising, journalism and public relations students and amplifying the impact of our innovative media research and professional scholarship."

"On behalf of the Advisory Board, I want to say how excited we are by the appointment of someone with such vision, intellect, integrity, energy and compassion to be the school's director,” said Chet Wade, chair of the Robertson School Advisory Board. “Marcus has our full and enthusiastic support, and we look forward to continuing to work with him to serve VCU and the Robertson School community."

 

About the Richard T. Robertson School of Media and Culture

The Richard T. Robertson School of Media and Culture (formerly the School of Mass Communications), founded in 1978, is one of the largest units of the VCU College of Humanities and Sciences. We offer a professional undergraduate and graduate education — not just training — in an environment that values the strong foundation of liberal arts and sciences so necessary for professional communicators.