March 15th, 2011
Board of trustees approves Medill name change
Northwestern’s board of trustees approved changing the Medill School of Journalism’s formal name to “The Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications” on Friday.
The decision follows a 38-5 Medill faculty vote in November in favor of expanding the scope of the school’s name to encompass its more diverse course offerings. The Medill School of Journalism, which is named after Joseph Medill, one of the founding editors of the Chicago Tribune and former mayor of Chicago, was established in 1921.
The school has long offered advertising classes in addition to its journalism instruction, but The Integrated Marketing Communications certificate program was officially introduced in the early 1990s.
“The expanded name fairly recognizes who we are and the kinds of professional careers our graduates enter,” Medill Dean John Lavine said after the faculty vote in November. “Our programs are strong and growing. We are recognized as a leading school that upholds the enduring values and skills of the professions we serve, and explores the rapidly changing frontiers of journalism, media and marketing communications, domestically and globally.”