Quinnipiac University Appoints Former Head Writer of 'ABC News’ World News' as Dean of the School of Communications

Mar 10, 2011, 14:16 ET from Quinnipiac University

HAMDEN, Conn., March 10, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Lee Kamlet, of Pelham, N.Y., an Emmy Award winning producer and former head writer for "ABC News' World News," has been appointed dean of the School of Communications at Quinnipiac University.

"Lee brings a combination of leadership qualities, industry experience and contacts that I am confident will benefit the students, faculty and staff of the School of Communications," said Mark Thompson, senior vice president for academic and student affairs at Quinnipiac, who announced the appointment.

Kamlet will begin his new position April 4. "This is a tremendous opportunity to be with students and faculty who have great vision about the future of communications," Kamlet said. "I look forward to sharing the energy and excitement with students that has carried me through a 35-year career in broadcast journalism."

The new dean comes to Quinnipiac with extensive broadcast journalism experience at the network level, having served as head writer for "ABC News' World News with Diane Sawyer" and previously "ABC News' World News with Charles Gibson." Before that, Kamlet was a producer for "Dateline NBC," ABC News' "Primetime Live" and various ABC News specials.

While working as a producer for "Dateline NBC," Kamlet won three Emmy Awards for the stories, "The Long Way Home: The Return of Elizabeth Smart," "No Greater Love: The Story of Flight 93," and "The Killing at Columbine." In 2010, he won a Writers Guild of America Award for "Outstanding Script for Television News Regularly Scheduled, Bulletin or Breaking Report."

Kamlet holds a bachelor's degree in political science from Colorado State University, where he was named the College of Liberal Arts Distinguished Alumnus in 2008.

At Quinnipiac, the School of Communications offers undergraduate degree programs in communications, film, video and interactive media, journalism and public relations and graduate degree programs in journalism, interactive communications and public relations. The School of Communications enrolls 1,225 graduate and undergraduate students. Students learn in the Ed McMahon Mass Communications Center, which features a spacious, professional all-digital high definition television studio, an advanced Pro Tools HD audio recording and mixing studio, a journalism technology center, multimedia production facilities, editing bays and labs and a mini-theater. The center is equipped with state-of-the-art technology and is staffed with highly skilled media professionals to instruct and assist students.

SOURCE Quinnipiac University