UPDATE: Graphic Communication department head Harvey Levenson will take over as the journalism department chair following today’s decision by College of Liberal Arts dean Linda Halisky to ask Bill Loving to step down.

Levenson, who has been a department head at Cal Poly and other universities for 28 years, said Halisky asked him if he would help with chair duties while the journalism department searches for a new chair .

“Journalism is going through an administration transition and (Halisky) asked if I would help with duties like signing papers and being a voice,” he said. “My philosophy is the way to get things done is to surround yourself with good people, let them do what they do and support them. Get the job done without interfering.”

The search for a new journalism department chair will begin in the fall.

UPDATE: Cal Poly journalism department chair Bill Loving said he was asked to step down this morning by College of Liberal Arts dean, Linda Halisky.

“The dean offered me the opportunity to resign as chair,” he said. “I told her that if she didn’t want me as chair she’d have to fire me and I wasn’t resigning. That’s pretty much how that conversation was ended.”

When asked for a comment by Provost Robert Koob, Debra Sherburne, administrative assistant to the provost, said he does not “normally comment on personnel actions” and that he had no comment.

Dean Halisky’s secretary Kathy Driscoll said the dean is in meetings all day and is not available for immediate comment.

Keep checking mustangdaily.net for more information.

Original Story: According to multiple sources, Cal Poly journalism department chair Bill Loving was asked to step down this morning by the administration.

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6 Comments

  1. bill loving and harvey levenson helped me significantly. they both encouraged me to pursue my “blue sky” concepts and asked me to dig deeper to understand the perspective of others. bill encouraged me to take the road less traveled without looking back. all the best to both of you as your roles at Cal Poly evolve.

  2. bill loving and harvey levenson helped me significantly. they both encouraged me to pursue my blue sky concepts and asked me to dig deeper to understand the perspective of others. bill encouraged me to take the road less traveled without looking back. all the best to both of you as your roles at Cal Poly evolve.

  3. I have only completed my freshman year at Cal Poly as a journalism major. I did not have Loving for any classes, but I did talk to him a couple times about what classes I should take, and I found him to be very nice and helpful. He seemed to be very well liked by my other journalism professors (I did not have Allen if anyone has heard about that situation), as well as by the students. I think he was really able to relate to students well and it is a shame he will not be there when I go back next year.

  4. Professor Loving was nothing but kind, helpful and informative during my time at Cal Poly and on the Mustang Daily. It’s sad to watch the journalism department turn into a mess just a year after I graduated. And as a feminist quick to spot and call out sexism, I can tell you in my experience, he treated everyone equally and with respect. I hope everything works out for the department and people involved.

  5. Nobody takes the college of liberal arts at cal poly seriously to begin with. Hopefully Linda Halisky will step down next so these failed departments/college will make some real progress.

  6. There is a very serious problem with the journalism faculty collaborating or even cooperating. While some professors clearly hold the students as their first priority, others hold petty grudges and complain over the tiniest details (i.e. being moved into a smaller office is not worth mentioning to the dean, who should have more important matters to deal with). The journalism students are eager to learn and ready to take on Cal Poly’s hands-on approach, but without dedicated, selfless educators, they’re stuck in a poorly regarded department with bickering, petty leaders.

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