By Mike McQueen | March 15th, 2008
…Did you notice that Lorraine Branham, an African-American woman, will become the new dean of the communications school at Syracuse.
Not many people of color who are deans of journalism schools. Quite a few lead journalism departments, but THe Big Job is rarely held by a minority. (Lorraine was head, her title was director, of the School of Journalism at the University of Texas-Austin, before accepting the Syracuse Post.
Before that, she held several high-level editing jobs. She was the first black editor of The Tallahassee (Fla.) Democrat. That’s significant because a couple of editors before her was a gentleman named Malcolm Johnson, who ruled the paper. Under his tenure, blacks in Tallahassee refereed to The Democrat as The Dixiecrat because of Johnson’s longtime support for segregation.