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DEAN MILLS (1965 B.A.), Professor and Dean, Missouri School of Journalism. Dean Mills received a bachelor’s degree in Russian and journalism from the UI, a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Michigan, and a doctorate in communications from the University of Illinois. In his 24-year tenure as Missouri School of Journalism dean, the school has added eight endowed chairs, built two new buildings, and renovated two others-all funded almost entirely by private funds.

Before entering academia, Mills worked as a professional journalist for the Baltimore Sun, which included time as the Moscow Bureau Chief, and as a correspondent in Washington, D.C., where he covered the Watergate scandal, the resignation of Vice President Spiro T. Agnew, and the Roe vs. Wade Supreme Court decision. Dean and his wife, Sue Cornick Mills (B.A. 1965), have given generously to the UI over the years, creating both the Helene Scriabine Undergraduate Prize in Russian Studies and the John and Shirley Harrison Prize in Journalism. They have two children, Jason and Jesse (2001, M.D.)