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Hoon Named COFAC Associate Dean

April 17, 2018

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MACOMB, IL – Western Illinois University Department of Broadcasting and Journalism Chair William "Buzz" Hoon, has been named associate dean for the College of Fine Arts and Communication, beginning in the Fall 2018 semester.

Hoon has been the chair of broadcasting and journalism since 2013. Prior to that he had been an associate professor and director of sports broadcasting at the University since 1991.

"I'm excited about this new challenge to assist Dean (Billy) Clow and the other COFAC areas in making this University a place that provides our students with outstanding opportunities and a supportive community," he said.

While Hoon has served as chair of the WIU Department of Broadcasting and Journalism, students in the department have won numerous state and national awards. He also handled the merger of the University's broadcasting and journalism departments and arranged new 2 + 2 agreements with community colleges. He also arranged a streaming agreement with ESPN for broadcast of football, soccer, volleyball, basketball, softball and baseball games to air on ESPN3 with student broadcasters.

Hoon received his bachelor's degree in communication arts and sciences and his master's degree in public communication and broadcasting, both from WIU, and his doctoral degree from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale.

"We are very excited that Dr. Hoon has accepted the opportunity to become the next associate dean for the College of Fine Arts and Communication," said COFAC Dean Billy Clow. "His expertise, commitment to students, and his experience leading an award-winning program like Broadcasting and Journalism will be a benefit for the College and the University."

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