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Gary R. Edgerton ~ Dean, College of Communication

Garyedgerton 12 002Joining Butler University in August 2012, Gary R. Edgerton serves as the first permanent dean of the College of Communication, which was founded in 2010. Prior to Butler, Edgerton was professor and chair of Communication and Theatre Arts at Old Dominion University. He also has taught at Bowling Green State University and Goucher College before joining Old Dominion. Edgerton earned his bachelor's degree in English and history from College of the Holy Cross in 1974, and both his master's degree (1979) and doctorate (1981) in communication from the University of Massachusetts. He has received numerous awards and honors, including Old Dominion University's 27th Annual Research Award in Recognition of a Distinguished Scholarly Career. Edgerton has published 10 books - with two more in the works - and more than 75 essays. He also has delivered more than 100 conference and keynote presentations, and averages two dozen commentaries a year since 1990. Among other editorial affiliations, Edgerton serves as co-executive editor of the Journal of Popular Film and Television.

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