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Former ‘ABC World News’ Head Writer Named Dean of Communications at Quinnipiac

Former “Dateline NBC” producer and “ABC World News” head writer Lee Kamlet has been named dean of communications at Quinnipiac University.

Kamlet left NBC in 2008 to join anchor Charles Gibson at World News.”"

“This is a tremendous opportunity to be with students and faculty who have great vision about the future of communications,” Kamlet said in a statement. “I hope to share the energy and excitement with students that has carried me through a 35-year career in broadcast journalism.”

More information in the release, after the jump.

Quinnipiac University appoints Lee Kamlet dean of the School of Communications

Hamden, Conn. – March 9, 2011 – Lee Kamlet, of Pelham, N.Y. an Emmy Award winning producer and former head writer for “ABC News’ World News,” has been appointed dean of the School of Communications at Quinnipiac University.

“Lee brings a combination of leadership qualities, industry experience and contacts that I am confident will benefit the students, faculty and staff of the School of Communications,” said Mark Thompson, senior vice president for academic and student affairs at Quinnipiac, who announced the appointment.

Kamlet will begin his new position April 4. “This is a tremendous opportunity to be with students and faculty who have great vision about the future of communications,” Kamlet said. “I hope to share the energy and excitement with students that has carried me through a 35-year career in broadcast journalism.”
The new dean comes to Quinnipiac with extensive broadcast journalism experience at the network level, having served as head writer for “ABC News’ World News with Diane Sawyer” and previously “ABC News’ World News with Charles Gibson.” Before that, Kamlet was a producer for “Dateline NBC,” ABC News’ “Primetime Live” and various ABC News specials.

While working as a producer for “Dateline NBC,” Kamlet won three Emmy Awards for the stories, “The Long Way Home: The Return of Elizabeth Smart,” “No Greater Love: The Story of Flight 93,” and “The Killing at Columbine.” In 2010, he won a Writers Guild of America Award for “Outstanding Script for Television News Regularly Scheduled, Bulletin or Breaking Report.”

Kamlet holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Colorado State University, where he was named the College of Liberal Arts Distinguished Alumnus in 2008.

At Quinnipiac, the School of Communications offers undergraduate degree programs in communications, film, video and interactive media, journalism and public relations and graduate degree programs in journalism, interactive communications and public relations. The School of Communications enrolls 1,225 graduate and undergraduate students. Students learn in the Ed McMahon Mass Communications Center, which features a spacious, professional all-digital high definition television studio, two radio studios, a journalism technology center, a multimedia production facility, editing suites and labs and a mini-theater. The center is equipped with state-of-the-art technology and is staffed with highly skilled media professionals to instruct and assist students.

“The facilities in the Ed McMahon Center are exceptional,” Kamlet said. “Quinnipiac was three years ahead of the networks when it installed such first-rate equipment. To me, that’s a sign of a school on the cutting edge. I am looking forward to being a part of the Quinnipiac community.”

Kamlet and his wife, Carolyn, have two children, Benjamin, 26, and Jamie, 24.

Quinnipiac is a private, coeducational, nonsectarian institution located 90 minutes north of New York City and two hours from Boston. The university enrolls 5,900 full-time undergraduate and more than 2,000 graduate students in 52 undergraduate and more than 20 graduate programs of study in its School of Business, School of Communications, School of Education, School of Health Sciences, School of Law, and College of Arts and Sciences. Quinnipiac consistently ranks among the top regional universities in the North in U.S. News & World Report’s America’s Best Colleges issue. The 2009 issue of U.S. News and World Report’s America’s Best Colleges named Quinnipiac as the top up-and-coming school with master’s programs in the Northern Region. Quinnipiac also is recognized in Princeton Review’s The Best 373 Colleges. For more information, please visit www.quinnipiac.edu. Connect with Quinnipiac on Facebook at www.facebook.com/quinnipiacuniversity and follow Quinnipiac on Twitter @QuinnipiacU.

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