BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The Media School and IU Libraries at Indiana University Bloomington have announced the appointments of Walter Gantz and Diane Dallis-Comentale, respectively, as interim deans, effective July 1.
Currently, Gantz is the Associate Dean of The Media School and Dallis-Comentale is the Associate Dean for IU Library Planning and Administration.
“Walt has been a faculty member since 1979 and head of the department at IU for 20 years,” said Lauren Robel, executive vice president and vice president of IU Bloomington. âAs Associate Dean of the Media School, Walt has provided outstanding support and guidance to faculty, staff and students. I am very grateful to Walt for wanting to lend his considerable talent, insight and innovation to Media School at this crucial moment, as IU enters its third century.
âDiane has a solid administrative background to effectively lead UI libraries during this interim period,â said Robel. âThroughout her nearly 30-year career, she has successfully met the challenges of traditional library spaces, helping our own IU libraries maintain a vibrant and essential presence on campus, while having a deep understanding of the issues. budget and facilities that are essential to the proper functioning of libraries. “
Their appointments follow the announcement by the current leaders of their departure this summer.
James Shanahan, founding dean of The Media School, will step down on June 30 after a six-year term that saw the successful merger of three academic units into what is now one of the research and teaching programs related to most comprehensive media in the country. Shanahan will remain in the faculty of the Media School. Carolyn Walters, Ruth Lilly Dean of Academic Libraries at Indiana University, will retire on June 30, after more than three decades in leadership roles in what is recognized as one of the world’s largest academic libraries and the most innovative in the country.
Committees have met to identify candidates for permanent dean positions.
As Associate Dean, Gantz worked closely with unit directors and faculty members to guide the academic affairs of the Media School and assisted Shanahan in overseeing the strategic direction of the school. Gantz was Chairman of the Telecommunications Department from 1997 to 2015 and of the Communication Sciences Unit from 2015 to 2017. Throughout his career, Gantz has taught courses focused on the processes and effects of media, research methods, advertising strategies, media and sports.
âThanks to the Dean Jim Shanahan foundation, as well as our faculty, staff and students, the Media School is well respected around the world and is a great place to work and study,â said Gantz. âAs the pandemic abates, we are ready to seize the opportunities and continue to excel. As Interim Dean, I look forward to contributing to our growth and ensuring that our school remains a welcoming place for all to work, study and thrive. “
In his current role, Dallis-Comentale oversees the planning and evaluation, communications, human resources of IU libraries and the overall direction of facilities projects. His most recent successes include leading IU Libraries in adapting services during the pandemic and overseeing the Lilly Library Reading Room mural project, as part of a one-generation renovation. from one of the largest libraries in the world. Previously, she led transformative organizational changes and renovations to three important spaces in the iconic Herman B Wells Library, which culminated in the popular Learning Commons, Moving Image Collections and Archives and Scholars’ Commons spaces that are redefining perceptions of university libraries. .
âDean Walters’ leadership at IU Libraries and IU Press has established a solid foundation that allows us to continue our innovations in how we advance, collect, publish and preserve knowledge in the third century of UI,â said Dallis -Comental. âI am delighted and honored to have this opportunity. I am proud of the commitment staff and librarians have shown through the challenges of the pandemic. The campus appreciation for their work is proof of what I have always known: the library is at the heart of our campus life. We will continue to build on our successes and depend on our partnerships as we prepare for the new Ruth Lilly Dean of University Libraries. “