The Media College, IU Libraries Appoint Interim Deans at IU Bloomington: Information at IU: Indiana College
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana University Bloomington’s Media School and IU Libraries have announced the appointment of Walter Gantz and Diane Dallis-Comentale, respectively, as their interim deans effective July 1.
Currently, Gantz is the deputy dean of the Media School and Dallis-Comentale is the deputy dean for planning and managing the IU libraries.
“Walt has been with the faculty since 1979 and has served as chairman of the IU division for 20 years,” said IU Bloomington Provost and executive vice president Lauren Robel. “As the Assistant Dean of the Media School, Walt has provided remarkable support and guidance to faculty, staff and students. I am so grateful that Walt stands ready to bring his considerable talent, insight and innovation to the Media School at this crucial time as the IU enters its third century.
“Diane has the strong administrative experience to effectively run IU libraries during this transition period,” said Robel. “During her nearly 30-year career, she has successfully overcome challenges facing traditional library spaces and helped our own IU libraries maintain a vibrant, substantial presence on campus while at the same time having a thorough understanding of the budget and equipment issues involved in the proper functioning of the libraries. “
Their appointments follow current leaders’ announcements that they will be leaving their positions this summer.
James Shanahan, founding dean of The Media School, will step down on June 30th after a six-year tenure that successfully merged three academic units into one of the most comprehensive media-related research and teaching programs in the country. Shanahan will remain on the faculty of the Media School. Carolyn Walters, Ruth Lilly Dean of Indiana University Libraries, will retire on June 30th after having held senior positions at one of the largest and most innovative university libraries in the country for more than three decades.
Committees have convened to identify candidates for permanent dean positions.
As Assistant Dean, Gantz has worked closely with department heads and faculty members to manage the academic affairs of the Media School and has assisted Shanahan in overseeing the school’s strategic direction. Gantz was chairman of the telecommunications department from 1997 to 2015 and of the communications science department from 2015 to 2017. In the course of his career, Gantz has taught courses focusing on media processes and effects, research methods, advertising strategies, and media and sports.
“With the founding of Dean Jim Shanahan and our faculty, staff and students, The Media School is recognized worldwide and is a great place to work and study,” said Gantz. “When the pandemic subsides, we are ready to take opportunities and continue to outperform. As interim dean, I look forward to contributing to our growth and ensuring that our school remains a welcoming place for everyone to work, learn and thrive. “
In her current position, Dallis-Comentale oversees the planning and evaluation, communication, human resources of the IU libraries and the overall management of facility projects. Her recent achievements include leading IU libraries adapting services during the pandemic and overseeing the Lilly Library Reading Room mural project, which is part of a one-time renovation of one of the largest libraries in the world. Previously, she led transformative organizational changes and renovations of three significant rooms at the iconic Herman B Wells Library, leading to the popular Learning Commons, Moving Image Collections and Archives, and Scholars’ Commons that are redefining the perception of academic libraries.
“Dean Walters’ leadership in the IU Libraries and Press has created a strong foundation that will enable us to continue our innovations in the way we bring, collect, publish knowledge into the third century of IU and preserve, ”said Dallis-Comentale. “I am happy and honored to have this opportunity. I am proud of the dedication the library staff and librarians have shown in the troubles of the pandemic. The appreciation of their work by the campus is proof of what I have always known: the library is a central part of our campus life. We will continue to build on our successes and rely on our partnerships as we prepare for the new Ruth Lilly Dean of University Libraries. “