John Soloski resigns as UGA Grady College dean

Athens, Ga. – John Soloski, dean of the University of Georgia’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication for the past four years, has submitted his resignation as dean effective June 30.

In a letter to Arnett C. Mace Jr., the university’s senior vice president for academic affairs and provost, Soloski said his resignation is due to the personal and health impacts of the position.

Mace accepted the resignation, saying Soloski will be assigned during the coming year for study and retooling in anticipation of returning to the faculty the following year. “I appreciate John’s contributions to the Grady College and to the university,” Mace said. “I look forward to working with him in his new role.”

An authority on libel and media law and a leader in journalism education, Soloski came to UGA in 2001 from the University of Iowa, where he earned his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees and had been on faculty since 1978. His undergraduate degree is from Boston College.

“Our appreciation goes to Dr. Soloski for his contributions as dean of the Grady College,” President Michael F. Adams says. “We wish him well in his future endeavors.”

Soloski was only the fifth dean in the 86-year history of the Grady College. Mace said an interim dean will be announced shortly.