Brill, Ann M.

Ann
Brill
Year Inducted: 
2015
Highlights: 
  • Dean of the William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communication
  • President of the Association of Schools of Journalism and Mass Communication
  • Started a PhD program for the School
Biography: 

Ann Brill joined the William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications at the University of Kansas in 2000, and became Dean of the program in 2004. Dean Brill also serves as the President of the Association of Schools of Journalism and Mass Communication (ASJMC), in addition to taking many other national leadership roles.

Under her leadership, the School of Journalism and Mass Communications has flourished. The School has received numerous grants from national foundations, including a $350,000 grant from the McCormick Foundation. Dean Brill is also responsible for the foundation of a PhD program for the School. She has also initiated significant curriculum revision for the School. Dean Brill is dedicated to her students, and has been extremely successful in raising money for the School. She has created & endowed multiple new scholarships and awards accounts, which will greatly benefit the School and the University as a whole.


Dean Brill has been a respected leader in her field even as a student herself. In the late 1980s, she was the first woman Silha fellow to the University of Minnesota J-School’s Silha Center for the Study of Ethics and Law. A nominator says, “It was a decidedly male world there and then, but Dean Brill forged ahead with her scholarship and service through the Silha Center and did so with her characteristic good grace.”


Her peers and colleagues describe Dean Brill as visionary, and anyone who has witness her leadership of the School can attest to that. Initially, she had been appointed as Interim Dean while the School underwent a national search for a new Dean. A nominator says of her appointment, “I remember the committee meeting after looking at the applicant pool. The members looked around the room, then looked at each other, and one member said words to the effect of, ‘Why continue this? The best candidate in the country is already in the School’...I’d suggest no one has ever looked back.”


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