Morgan State President Dr. David Kwabena Wilson (Courtesy Photo/

Dear Morgan Community:

After conducting a national search, I am pleased to announce the appointment of Jacqueline Jones as the new dean of the School of Global Journalism & Communication (SGJC), succeeding DeWayne Wickham, SGJC’s inaugural dean, effective August 1, 2021.

Dean Jones, who has served as assistant dean for programs for the past five years and as chairperson of the Department of Multimedia Journalism since 2013, has been a journalist for more than 40 years and is a nationally recognized leader in journalism and journalism education. The Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist has worked in markets all around the country, including as an editor at the Philadelphia Daily News, New York Newsday, the Baltimore Sun, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, and The Washington Post.

For more than 25 years, she sat on the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications (ACEJMC), the world’s largest accrediting body for programs of journalism and mass communications, and has traveled around the country evaluating programs at dozens of universities, including elite programs at Penn State, New York, Columbia and Michigan State Universities and University of Maryland, College Park.

She has been a newsroom consultant and a media career coach, has taught as a senior lecturer at Penn State University and as an adjunct instructor at several journalism programs, including at Howard and New York Universities.

She came to Morgan in fall 2012 and built a strong partnership with Dean Wickham, as his principal assistant. While serving as assistant dean for programs, she held the dual title of chair of SGJC’s largest academic program, the Department of Multimedia Journalism. In these positions she played a leading role in transforming the old Department of Communication Studies into the School of Global Journalism & Communication. She chaired the committee that wrote the self-study that gained SGJC accreditation just seven years after its creation.

During her time as SGJC’s assistant dean for programs, SGJC students have gotten training, internships and jobs with Bloomberg News, Politico, the Wall Street Journal, NBC News, the Baltimore Sun, ABC News, CBS News, WRIC-TV (Richmond, VA) WBAL-TV, WMAR-TV, WBFF-TV and The New York Times. Jones has independently secured more than $500,000 in funding for the SGJC and launched reporting and faculty exchange partnerships with West Virginia, North Carolina A&T, Howard, Penn State, and Brigham Young Universities, as well as professional partnership programs with the Wall Street Journal and NBC Universal.

A journalism graduate of George Washington University, she is a member and former officer of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) and represented the NABJ on the Accrediting Council for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication for 25 years. She was recently elected to the Accrediting Committee of the ACEJMC.

I know all of you within the Morgan Family, and beyond, welcome Dean Jackie Jones.

Kind regards,

David Kwabena Wilson