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Russ Shain

Russ Shain

2020

A distinguished journalism educator for 40 years, he began his career in the sports department of the Lexington Herald. For 20 years he was on the faculty of the School of Journalism and Mass Communications at the University of Colorado, serving as dean for 10 years. He moved to Arkansas State University as dean of the College of Communications in 1990, guiding it through 20 years and four accreditation reviews by the national accrediting body, and concurrently serving as dean of fine arts in 1995-98. He was president of the Association of Schools of Journalism and Mass Communication in 2005-06. A native of Owensboro who grew up in Hartford and Lexington, he is a 1966 journalism graduate of the University of Kentucky and earned master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Illinois.