Dean & Graduate Institute Director
Dorothy M. Bland is the dean of the Frank W. and Sue Mayborn School of Journalism at the University of North Texas.
She joined the faculty in 2013, and brings to the school more than 25 years of media experience including being a reporter, editor, media/marketing consultant and publisher.
- Master of Business Administration, George Washington University
- Bachelor of Journalism, Arkansas State University
Prior to becoming the dean, she served for five years as the journalism division director at Florida A&M University and as a journalism professor.
She has managed multi-million dollar companies and online startups. From 1983-1990, she served in a variety of news roles at USA Today. Prior to joining Gannett in 1980, she worked for daily newspapers in Arkansas and Tennessee. She has won numerous reporting/writing awards and served as a mentor to hundreds of journalists and students over the years.
In addition to her bachelor’s and master’s degrees, she is a McCormick Fellow and a graduate of the Media Management Center's Advanced Executive Program at Northwestern University. She also is an alumna of the Scripps Howard Academic Leadership Academy at Louisiana State University. She has completed additional graduate work in mass communication at Florida State University.
She has a passion for people, journalism and making a positive difference. Her research interests include media management, marketing, digital/social media and diversity.
Awards and Honors:
Bland has earned three Gannett president's rings for excellence as a publisher. Her work has been published in a variety of publications ranging from USA Today to “The International Journal of the Image.”
She has served on a variety of industry boards including the Newspaper Association of America Foundation and the Colorado Press Association. She has also served on accrediting teams for the Accrediting Council for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication.
Bland is featured in the book "The Edge of Change: Women in the 21st Century Press,” and she has made presentations at institutions ranging from The Poynter Institute to Kuwait University.