C of C gets a new leader
To Cal State Fullerton from Cal State San Jose
Dean William G. Briggs
Dr. William G. Briggs, former director of the School of Journalism and Mass Communications in the College of Applied Science and Arts at San Jose State University, is officially the new dean of the College of Communications at Cal State Fullerton.
"The college is fortunate to bring on board a new dean with strong media experience and an incredible interest in global communications," said Dr. Rick Pullen, who recently C of C gets a new leader To Cal State Fullerton from Cal State San Jose retired as dean. "He can provide leadership in all areas, especially in the development of our new center and in the various areas with an international focus."
In his comments, Briggs noted
the positive reputation of the
college: "There is an enormous
amount of respect for the university
and the college among the other
CSU campuses. It is gratifying to be
able to join the team as we plan and
prepare students for the future."
As director of San Jose's school,
a position he held for five years,
Briggs was involved in the launch
of university-wide efforts to
globalize curriculum, the creation
of new interdisciplinary majors,
and the coordination and support
of international programs and
initiatives. Also, he taught public
relations and mass communications
for more than 26 years.
Briggs is the founding director of two San Jose State
institutes: the Global
Studies Institute, which
launched the university's
efforts to globalize
curriculum, create a
major, and coordinate
and initiatives; and the
Pacific Rim Institute,
established to promote
relations between the
university and the Pacific Rim. More
recently, he helped secure a $1.22
million State Department grant to
train journalism professors at Heart
University in Afghanistan. He was
a Fellow at the Salzburg Seminar in
Other international experience
includes service as a visiting
professor in England, Mexico, China,
New Zealand, Australia and South
Africa, as well as providing training
and consultation at City University
of Hong Kong and Taiwan. He also
built houses in Mexico alongside
former President Jimmy Carter
through Habitat for Humanity.
"The communications field is
changing so rapidly, and we need
to keep pace with that change,"
Briggs said. "Information flows so
quickly and freely that our students
can, with the right balance of
academic preparation, hard work and experience, go on to great
careers. I'm looking forward to a
very exciting future at CSUF."
Briggs earned his doctorate
in organization and leadership
from the University of San
Francisco, a master's in mass
communications from San Jose
State and a bachelor's in history
from Stanford University.
"I wish new dean Bill Briggs
the very best as he takes over
leadership of the college," Pullen
said. "He is well equipped to hit
the campus on the run and move
the college to the next level."
Dr. William G. Briggs