Monday, March 19, 2012
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications (304) 696-7153

Dr. Corley Dennison named associate VP for academic affairs, dean of undergraduate studies at Marshall University

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Dr. Corley Dennison has been named associate vice president for academic affairs and dean of undergraduate studies at Marshall University. He will begin his new duties July 1.

Dennison has been dean of the W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications since March 2005. Dr. Gayle Ormiston, provost and senior vice president for academic affairs, said Dennison was chosen after a national search. He replaces Dr. Frances Hensley, who is retiring.

“I wish to thank everyone for their support during the search process,” Dennison said. “Dr. Frances Hensley has done a great job in this position and I look forward to working with her during the transition and look forward to working with academic affairs, faculty and staff during the coming years.”

Although the search was nationwide, Ormiston said Marshall didn’t have to look far to find the most qualified candidate.

“The best candidate for the position already was a member of the Marshall community,” Ormiston said. “We look forward to Dr. Dennison’s contributions to the university’s student success efforts.”

Dennison, a native of Sutton, W.Va., has been at Marshall since 1985, teaching a full range of graduate and undergraduate journalism and mass communications courses during that time. He was assistant dean from 2003 until 2004, then served a year as interim dean.

Dennison received his B.A. in Mass Communications in 1976 from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Va., and his master’s degree in English with emphasis in Speech Communications in 1984 from Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville, Mo.

In 1992, Dennison earned his Ed.D. from West Virginia University in Educational Administration, with a minor in Journalism.

Dennison served as president of the Marshall University Faculty Senate from 1997 to 1999.  He was named the assistant dean of University College in 1999 and served in that position until 2003.

Recently, Dennison has been heavily involved in retention efforts at Marshall, first serving as chair of the Retention Committee in 2009, and now serving as co-chair with Hensley of the Strategic Enrollment Planning Council.

“The purpose is to promote retention,” Dennison  said of the planning council. “We wanted to get the rate of freshmen to sophomores up and get the graduation rate up. It is important that once they get in school they succeed. I’m very pleased with the effort made by everybody on the council.”

Among the activities implemented from the committees were Week of Welcome and Freshmen First Class-UNI 100.

Many improvements took place during Dennison’s years as dean of the school of journalism. Among those were the bringing of West Virginia Public Broadcasting to campus, upgrading the TV studio to HD digital, starting a new major in sports journalism and starting a new student organization called Out Loud Creative, a student-run public relations and advertising agency.

For further information, contact:  Office of University Communications
Marshall University | 213 Old Main | Huntington, WV 25755-1090
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