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New student media director has newsroom, classroom experience

November 1, 2012

Indiana State University officials have selected newsroom and classroom veteran Philip Glende to serve as the university's first executive director of student media.

Glende has more than 35 years of experience as a print and broadcast journalist and educator, most recently as visiting assistant professor of English, journalism teacher and student newspaper advisor at North Central College in Naperville, Ill.

"Dr. Glende has the experience, media savvy and vision to be a great teacher, coach and mentor for students as well as colleagues in student media at Indiana State," said Carmen Tillery, vice president for student affairs and dean of students. Tillery chaired a committee of faculty, staff and students that conducted a national search to fill the executive director's position.

A university task force, working with the Poynter Institute, recommended in January that all student media at Indiana State be brought together under a single academic entity. Previously, WISU-FM and Sycamore Video Production were housed in the department of communication while the Indiana Statesman student newspaper operated under the division of student affairs.

As executive director, Glende will supervise the faculty/staff directors of the Statesman, WISU and student video production and direct the use of social media to help tell the ISU story. He will report to John Murray, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, and will work closely with faculty in communication, English and other departments to ensure meaningful experiential learning opportunities for students.

"I'm looking forward to supporting Dr. Glende as he works to link students' participation in ISU's media outlets with their academic experiences," Murray said. "He brings to this position an ideal blend of experience working in the real world of media and working with students in the college classroom."

Mary Kahl, chair of the communication department, said she is pleased to welcome Glende to Indiana State.

"We will begin a new chapter in our student media programs with his arrival on our campus, forging stronger connections between various student media organizations, eventuating in the convergence of student media enterprises across delivery platforms," she said. "Students, faculty, and the larger Terre Haute community will reap the benefits of an integrated media program."

Glende's newsroom experience includes a variety of editing positions with the Wisconsin State Journal in Madison and the Akron Beacon Journal in Ohio. He also worked as a reporter and editor at the News-Gazette in Champaign, Ill., and held various positions at radio stations in Duluth, Minn., and Belcourt, N.D., where he was news director of a National Public Radio member station on the Turtle Mountain Indian reservation.

"I'm really thrilled to be joining the staff at Indiana State," Glende said. "ISU seems truly committed to experiential learning and a vibrant student media. I am looking forward to working with the students, staff, and faculty to build on the excellent work already being done."

Glende holds a Ph.D. in mass communication and a master's degree in journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Madison as well as a bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Minnesota at Duluth. He begins his duties at Indiana State on Thursday.


Media contact and writer: Dave Taylor, media relations director, Office of Communications and Marketing, Indiana State University, 812-237-3743 or