Mark J. Lodato was appointed dean of the S.I. Newhouse of Public Communications in July 2020. He leads a team that includes some 200 faculty and staff and approximately 2,400 students.
Lodato joined Newhouse in the midst of the COVID crisis, and led the school’s successful reopening after nearly six months of remote instruction.
In his first week as dean, Lodato created the Dean’s Student Leadership Council to improve connectivity and communication between school leadership and students. He also established new Diversity, Equity and Inclusion committees on the Newhouse Advisory Board and the Newhouse 44, the school’s alumni networking and mentorship group.
He began building industry partnerships to support students’ academic and professional growth, including a partnership with Yahoo News and alumnus Marquise Francis ’13 that led to the creation of a new digital journalism course. He facilitated the transition of Syracuse radio station WAER into the Newhouse School, creating increased opportunities for students and a strengthened support system for the successful NPR station.
Ensuring the Newhouse School remains a leader in communications education, Lodato also launched committees focusing on journalism, sports and online education, and increased research funding.
In memory of his late predecessor, Lodato established the Lorraine Branham Scholarship Program to recruit and support Newhouse students from socioeconomically disadvantaged populations and other underrepresented groups. The program includes up to 10 scholarships awarded each year; “Finish Line” scholarships for rising juniors and seniors who need financial assistance to complete their degrees; and a merit-based Branham Prize for incoming first-year students.
Lodato joined the Newhouse School after more than 14 years at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, where he most recently served as associate dean and associate general manager at Arizona PBS. At ASU his portfolio included supervision of the Cronkite School’s broadcast and sports curriculum. A member of the leadership team, his duties also included undergraduate recruitment and retention, student services, establishing new media partnerships and development. He is the 2014 recipient of the ASU Faculty Achievement Award for Excellence in Curricular Innovation and a member of the Scripps Howard Academic Leadership Academy class of 2013. Lodato has served on multiple site teams for the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications.
At the Cronkite School, Lodato established new partnerships with leading media corporations including NBC News, ABC News, Meredith Corporation, Scripps Corporation, Fox Sports Arizona, Univision and Cox Communications. He supervised the Cronkite School and Arizona PBS broadcast news operations, including the national award-winning television newscast, “Cronkite News.” Under his leadership, Cronkite School broadcast students consistently ranked among the nation’s best in premier journalism competitions, including the Hearst College Journalism Awards, the Society of Professional Journalists Mark of Excellence Awards and the Broadcast Education Association Festival of Media Arts awards.
Lodato joined the Cronkite School after working 16 years as an award-winning television reporter and anchor for television stations in Washington D.C., San Francisco, Phoenix and Ft. Myers, Fla. A native of Menlo Park, Calif., Lodato holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Missouri and a master’s degree in higher education administration from Arizona State University.