SMPA Announces New Director

SMPA is thrilled to announce that Professor Silvio Waisbord has been named the new SMPA director, effective July 1, 2020.

April 29, 2020

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SMPA is thrilled to announce that Professor Silvio Waisbord has been named the new director of Columbian College's School of Media and Public Affairs, effective July 1, 2020. He will succeed Frank Sesno, who has led SMPA for 11 years. Professor Waisbord brings a passionate commitment to SMPA and great stature as an internationally recognized communication scholar. He joined SMPA in 2007 and has published 18 books and articles, op-eds, and newspaper columns in English and in Spanish. He has lectured and worked in more than 30 countries and is an expert on journalism, politics, and communication for social change. He has served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Communication as well as the International Journal of Press/Politics. 


"I am thrilled to be the next Director of SMPA. It's a great opportunity to lead the school by building off of our unique strengths - cutting-edge scholarship in journalism and political communication, excellence in teaching, and focus on linking research, teaching and practice. SMPA is a vibrant place that prizes creativity, curiosity, civility and community. I look forward to working with students, alumni, supporters, staff and faculty"

Silvio Waisbord

Professor of Media and Public Affairs and next Director of SMPA 

After taking a sabbatical next year,  Director Frank Sesno will return to work with Professor Waisbord as director of strategic initiatives. In this capacity, he will continue to build Planet Forward, hold salons with students and others in his home, host events on campus. and focus on key projects and fundraising. And of course, he will continue to teach, and work closely with the amazing students of SMPA.


"As I prepare to wrap up 11 years as SMPA director, this experience brings home the fact that SMPA is a very special place, defined by its commitment, rigor, and a genuine sense of community. I look forward to Professor Waisbord's leadership at SMPA and to working with him - and the students- to make everyone #SMPAProud!"

Frank Sesno 

Director, SMPA