A Kansas University professor today was named to an administrative position with the Knight Foundation, a large journalism education and international free-press advocacy organization.
Del Brinkman, former vice chancellor for academic affairs and journalism dean at KU, will be the journalism program officer at the foundation in Miami. He will join the foundation Aug. 2.
Journalism is one of three national programs of the foundation, which also makes grants in education and the field of arts and culture. The foundation's assets at the end of 1992 totaled $639 million.
"I look forward to continuing, and helping to develop, the work of the foundation," said Brinkman, who has been on sabbatical since leaving the vice chancellor's job in December.
Creed Black, Knight Foundation president and chief executive officer, said Brinkman was one of the country's finest journalism educators.
"He shares with us a commitment to the highest standards of excellence in the profession and understands the significant challenges journalists here and abroad will face in the future," Creed said.
The foundation was established in 1950 by John and James Knight, brothers who founded a newspaper publishing company.
From its earliest years, the foundation has supported a variety of journalism education programs and projects advancing a free press at home and abroad.
Since 1986, it has made more than $40 million in journalism grants. In 1990, the foundation provided funding to KU for an endowed professorship.
Mike Kautsch, dean of KU's journalism school, said Brinkman will be working for a foundation that has a big impact on the future of journalism.
"It's disappointing that we will be losing him," Kautsch said. "We were all looking forward to having him back as a colleague."
Brinkman had said he planned to return to teaching duties at KU this fall after completing work in Washington, D.C., on a book about the private papers of William Allen White, the late Emporia Gazette newspaper editor.
KU Chancellor Gene Budig said Brinkman's appointment brings credit to Brinkman and KU.
"Excellence in journalism education is essential to our national interests and it is reassuring to know that Dr. Brinkman will be shaping its course," Budig said.
Brinkman was dean of KU's William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications from 1975 to 1986, when he became vice chancellor.
He began his career at the Gazette. He also taught high school journalism and taught at Indiana and Kansas State universities before coming to KU in 1970.