IU Media School dean James Shanahan will step down on July 31 after six years in charge of the school, according to a press release Friday.
Shanahan will remain on the school's faculty after his resignation, and an interim dean will be announced at a later date, according to the press release.
In 2015, Shanahan left a position at Boston University to became the first dean of the Media School after the Telecommunications, Journalism and Communication and Culture departments at IU were combined.
His tenure saw the creation of the Arnolt Center for Investigative Journalism and the establishment of multiple study abroad opportunities, according to the release.
“It’s been a real privilege to serve as dean,” Shanahan said in the press release. “Thanks to our talented and supportive students, alumni, faculty and staff, The Media School has a solid foundation and a bright future. I look forward to supporting the next dean, and the opportunity to continue and broaden my relationships with colleagues and students. I send my sincere appreciation to all members of the Media School community.”