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To Cal State Fullerton from Cal State San Jose

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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 new interdisciplinary major, and coordinate international programs 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 Austria.

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
College Dean

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