Dean David Rubin to step down in 2008

May 9, 2007

From the fall of the Berlin Wall to the rise of Newhouse III's walls—he's been here through it all

When he first sat in the Dean's chair, a famous European wall had just fallen. As he ends his time as Newhouse dean, walls heralding free speech rise here at SU. 

Dean David Rubin has announced that, after 18 years at the helm, he will leave his position in Spring 2008. He became Dean of the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications in 1990, soon after the Berlin Wall fell and freedom rang in Germany.

And soon after the First Amendment-wrapped walls of Newhouse III are completed and dedicated, Rubin will take a year's sabbatical. He will return to the Newhouse School to teach in 2009-10.

"This has been a long run, and every organization needs new ideas energy," Rubin wrote in an e-mail to faculty and staff. "I want to make sure that I am leaving at the right time in the life of the School, and I think June 30, 2008 is the right time."

SU Vice-Chancellor Eric Spina, on announcing Dean Rubin's retirement, said ""David Rubin has had a profound impact on the Newhouse School and generations of students here at Syracuse University," says Spina. "His deanship truly focused on and advanced our quality -- of programs, of faculty and of students. He will be sorely missed as the `dean of deans,' but his integrity, frankness and focus on quality leave a high mark for us all."

Among his accomplishments and innovations, Dean Rubin oversaw creation of the School's Career Development Center and hired its first admissions, alumni relations and communications directors. While Dean, he also started graduate programs in arts journalism, new media and media management.

Newhouse III, the third building in the Newhouse Communications Complex, is perhaps Rubin's crowning achievement. The new building will be dedicated Sept. 19, 2007, with a keynote address from Chief Justice of the United States John G. Roberts Jr.