USC Annenberg Dean Ernest J. Wilson III was the featured cover story in the December issue of Diverse magazine, which covers issues in higher education. The article says Dean Wilson "brings a dazzling breadth of academic and public affairs experience" to USC Annenberg.
"Since taking the helm of the renowned communications school this past July, Wilson has maintained a vigorous outreach effort to hear the ideas and concerns of U.S. mass media executives and policymakers as well as those of foreign media leaders and public officials," the article continued. "A political scientist who has achieved academic acclaim for his innovative interdisciplinary scholarship, the Washington, D.C.-native has also organized the faculty into advisory groups and is working with the groups to craft a visionary new master plan for the Annenberg School."
Said Wilson: “It’s about taking a school that’s already great and making it even better," adding that the School wants to be able to shape the intellectual debate as well as the policy debate.
The article said he was chosen as dean partly because he could expand the School's international presence as well as address pressing societal issues, especially through creative cross-disciplinary collaboration.
“Under Dr. Wilson’s leadership with his record of accomplishment and practice of societal communications, we are confident the USC Annenberg School will accelerate its current momentum and expand its national and international influence,” USC provost C.L. Max Nikias said.