June, 12, 2003 John S. Leipzig, chancellor of the St. Thomas campus of the University of the Virgin Islands, was recently named dean of the College of Liberal Arts, emeritus, and professor of communication, emeritus, at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, according to a release from UVI.
Leipzig has produced an extensive body of work in the field of communication, which has resulted in more than three dozen publications in books and journals. According to a UAF publication, as dean of the UAF College of Liberal Arts, Leipzig was committed to enhancing the role of the faculty and promoted the value and potential of the College of Liberal Arts.
Gwen-Marie Moolenaar enunciated the significance of the honor given to Leipzig. "It is not an easy route to emeritus status," she said. "At UVI, emeritus status has been conferred on such intellectual giants as former president Dr. Orville Kean, Dr. Marilyn Krigger and Dr. Charles W. Turnbull, governor, for their outstanding contributions,"she said. "We are therefore very proud that Dr. John Leipzig has received such recognition from his former institution and is bringing his considerable academic talents to UVI."
Leipzig traveled to Alaska to attend the commencement exercises on May 11 at the John A. Carlson Center in Fairbanks. "The trip provided closure for me,"Leipzig said. "It was the completion of my academic career at the University of Alaska Fairbanks."
Leipzig was one of eight faculty members who received professor emeritus status before more than 2,000 people.
In order to be considered to receive UAF professor emeritus status a faculty member must be nominated by three fellow faculty members and must have been working at the university in the capacity of professor for at least 10 years. The professor's record of achievement is then sent to the chancellor, who conducts a full review. The professor emeritus title at UAF brings many lifetime privileges such as a listing in the university's catalog, library privileges, office space and e-mail, among others.
Leipzig assumed the UVI St. Thomas chancellorship on Aug.1, 2002, after spending 20 years at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, the last four as dean of the College of Liberal Arts, the largest college on the campus.
A native of Wisconsin, he holds B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in communications. Leipzig has conducted extensive research and conducted training sessions in organizational and small group communication. His academic research interest is in communication ethics in and organizational transformations in higher education. His latest article, "Managing on the Edge: Stories on the Diagonal from Alaska to the Virgin Islands, " will be presented as one of four featured papers during the Conference on Corporate Communication in Wroxton, England later this month. The paper will also be published in the conference proceedings by the Corporate Communication Institute at Fairleigh Dickinson University.
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