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Former SOJ Dean hired as Poynter Institute's new Foundation President

The Poynter Institute for Media Studies, a nationally prominent center for journalism training and an international media studies think tank, has named Chris Martin as president of the newly formed Poynter Foundation.

Martin, currently West Virginia University’s vice president for University Relations, will be responsible for significantly increasing philanthropic support for the 37-year-old Institute in St. Petersburg, Fla. Additionally, she will serve as Poynter’s vice president for external relations as a member of the Institute’s senior management team. Martin served as the WVU School of Journalism’s Dean from 1997-2003.

“I am truly grateful for all the opportunities I have had at WVU, the colleagues I have worked with and the friends I have made. The only place with an equal hold on my heart is Poynter,” Martin said.

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