Ann Brill has been named permanent dean of the William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications at Kansas University.
Brill became interim dean in July after a national search during the 2003-2004 school year failed to hire a dean to replace James Gentry, who stepped down after seven years to resume full-time teaching and research.
KU reopened the search this year, but Brill "emerged as the leading candidate," according to a statement released by the university.
"I was pleased when Ann Brill agreed to become interim dean and I'm delighted that she has now agreed to take the position permanently," said David Shulenburger, provost and executive vice chancellor. "Ann has demonstrated great energy and vision since July. I know she will continue this momentum in leading the school to new levels of success."