John Lumpkin, director of TCUs Schieffer School of Journalism, will retire at the end of the 2013-14 school year, and the university has begun a national search for his replacement.Lumpkin, 67, was The Associated Press vice president for newspaper markets in the U.S. and Latin America before taking over as the Schieffer Schools director in June 2009. He sent a letter to students Friday announcing his retirement.When I moved from a long career as an AP executive to Schieffer School in 2009, a departure in this time frame was envisioned, Lumpkin wrote. The search for a new director has begun and Im confident your education will be in good hands. Indeed, in the tumult of media change, new perspectives will be critical and I know the search committee will heed that for your benefit.Under his leadership, the Schieffer School completed a multimillion-dollar expansion and renovation that offered students the latest content production technology and a new high-definition television news studio, according to the schools website.The change will come as the school is renamed the Schieffer School of Journalism and Strategic Communication. An advertisement for a new director was posted July 10 in the Chronicle of Higher Education.
Bill Hanna, 817-390-7698 Twitter: @fwhanna