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Alumnus named dean at University of Oregon

Posted May 13, 2016

Juan-Carlos Molleda, a 2000 School of Journalism and Mass Communications doctoral alumnus, is the new School of Journalism and Communication’s Edwin L. Artzt Dean at the University of Oregon.

Molleda was one of the first doctoral students to complete a degree in USC's doctoral program, a program that was launched in 1995. He is among an increasing number of SJMC graduates who have landed significant administrative roles at leading universities across the United States.

“I gained a solid educational foundation at the University of South Carolina’s SJMC, which produced a 180-degree change in my life, launching my academic career,” said Molleda. “Sixteen years of research and administrative growth at the College of Journalism and Communications of the University of Florida placed me on the right track to initiate a new chapter of my career at Oregon.”

While at the University of South Carolina, Molleda focused his work on public relations research and teaching, particularly in the area of international corporate communication management.

Molleda began his academic career at the University of Florida. While at UF he launched several new academic programs at both the undergraduate and graduate levels and served as the chair of the Department of Public Relations and director of the distance education program in Public Relations and Communication Management.

In 2010 Molleda was a recipient of the SJMC Outstanding Young Alumni Award.

“It was a happy day for all concerned when Venezuela’s finest came to take classes with us,” said Dr. Erik L. Collins, the SJMC graduate director from 1998 to 2012 who worked closely with Molleda. “He brought to us an international flair, a brilliant mind and a professional mien. He has served as a role model for our subsequent doctoral students.”

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