By Ralph Derickson
Wilson, above, will take the reins of UK's School
of Journalism and Telecommunications on July 1, subject
to Board of Trustees' approval.
13, 2002 (Lexington, Ky.) --
Richard Wilson, a retired Louisville Courier-Journal
reporter and news bureau chief, has been named interim
director of the University of Kentucky School of Journalism
and Telecommunications. Wilson's appointment is subject
to approval by the UK Board of Trustees at its March
5 meeting. He will succeed Leland "Buck" Ryan, the
current director, on July 1.
Wilson will be a consultant to the school, which is
preparing for reaccreditation by the Association of
Education in Journalism and Mass Communications. Ryan,
director for more than seven years, will remain a
faculty member at the school and director of both
the First Amendment Center and the Media Center for
64, retired from The Courier-Journal in 1999 after
nearly 32 years as a reporter in Louisville, Frankfort
and Lexington. Chief of the newspaper's Blue Grass
Bureau from 1985 to 1999, he was noted for his extensive
and award-winning coverage of Kentucky higher education.
Since his retirement, Wilson has been an adjunct professor
of journalism at Kentucky State University.
of Communications and Information Studies Dean David
Johnson said, "I am delighted that someone of Mr.
Wilson's professional stature will be leading the
school during this critical period in its history."
a member of the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame,
will head the journalism school until June 30, 2003.
A nationwide search for a permanent director will
begin later this spring.
is a 1966 graduate of the UK journalism school where
he has also been an adjunct instructor and member
of its Alumni Association Board.
to 1967, Wilson was faculty adviser to The Kentucky
Kernel, the independent student-operated newspaper
at UK. He has also been a reporter for the Lexington
Herald-Leader and Frankfort State Journal.