CCCA History

CCCA History

Over 50 Years of Excellence in Communication and Creative Arts

Here are some of the most important facts in our history. We started out as a Department of Communications at what was then Glassboro State College. Today's College of Communication and Creative Arts is home to six departments, over 250 faculty and staff, and more than 1,500 students enrolled in our undergraduate and graduate degree programs. 

This page is a project we are currently undertaking. Please send an email to if you have any facts to contribute in terms of important names and milestones in the history of our college. 

Glassboro State College, Department of Communications: 1966-1996

Rowan University, College of Communication: 1996-2012

Rowan University, College of Communication and Creative Arts: 2012-present

CCCA: Mission Statement


Early history: Department of Communications, Glassboro State College (GSC, 1966-1996) 

  • Six members of the English Department create the Department of Communication, with a focus on teaching writing and improving oral and written communication:
    • Prof. George Reinfeld
    • Prof. John Collins
    • Prof. Sam Duryee
    • Prof. Mary Anne Palladino
    • Prof. Glen Thoms
    • Prof. Allan Weinberg
  • Chairs:
    • 1969-1972: Prof. George Reinfeld
    • 1972-1977: Prof. John Collins
    • 1977-1986: Prof. Richard Ambacher
    • 1986-1996: Dr. David Cromie
  • Milestones:
    • 1967: Dr. Donald Bagin organized Glassboro State College's hosting of the Hollybush Summit for US President Lyndon B. Johnson and Soviet Premier Alexei Kosygin. The meeting was organized at Hollybush Mansion, part of which served at the time as family residence for GSC President and Mrs. Thomas E. Robinson.
    • 1967: M.A. in Public Relations, established under the leadership of Prof. Reinfeld and Prof. Donald Bagin. Initial specialization: School PR. In 1981, tracks were added in Corporate Public Relations and in Community Education. The M.A. program rapidly gained national recognition and has been cited as the best such program in the country by the National School Public Relations Association and other national organizations. The program graduates 15-20 students each year.
    • 1974: Women's Studies Concentration, established under the leadership of Prof. Reinfeld and Dr. Toni Libro, who  taught some of the first courses on sexism in language and communications about women. From 1978 until 1986, Dr. Libro served as coordinator of the Office of Women's Studies. Over the years, the Communications Department has co-sponsored many women's studies programs and special events.
    • 1969-1974: new programs launched in Radio/Television/Film, Communications Education, Public Relations, Advertising, and Liberal Arts.
    • By 1976, the department included 29 full-time faculty, numerous part-time and adjunct professors, and over 900 majors. This growth afforded an opportunity to raise department standards for both admission and retention. In addition to serving majors, the Communications Department attracted large numbers of non-majors to its general education courses, and it continued to attend to its original mission teaching students to write. The Freshman Writing Program serves the entire student body, reaching over 1500 students a year. A Creative Writing concentration was developed in the mid-seventies and now includes courses in the writing of poetry, fiction, film scripts and plays. In addition, the department has sponsored an impressive number of extra-curricular activities, most of which are open to non-majors.
    • 1980: State Board of Higher Education designates the Communications Department a Program of Distinction; this step enabled the department to add facilities and equipment and to enhance its growing reputation for excellence.
    • 1986: Communications Department moves to newly-renovated Bozorth Hall, previously the site of Glassboro State College demonstration school.  
    • 1987: Department of Communication was one of six components at Glassboro State selected to participate in the third Governor's Challenge Grant Program, which provided some $4.7 million to the college for special enhancements in the six components, each striving for excellence. Over a three-year period, the department received $718,000 to upgrade equipment and bring laboratories up to peak operating status. With its expanded facilities and especially its state-of-the-art studios, its Writing Center, and journalism laboratories, the department marked another milestone as it celebrated its twenty-fifth anniversary.
    • 1992: Steering Committee was formed to establish the new School of Communication. The Committee, chaired by Dr. Libro and composed of fifteen members drawn from the University community, conducted a Feasibility Study and issued a Report. Rowan Trustees approved the Report in concept in December 1994. 
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College of Communication, Rowan University (CC, 1996-2012)

On July 1, 1996, the Board of Trustees voted unanimously to create the new School of Communication at Rowan University, with Dr. Libro appointed Interim Dean on July 3, 1996. 

  • Deans:
    • Dr. Toni Libro, 1996-2001
    • Dr. George Thottam, 2001-2002
    • Dr. Christy Faison, 2002-2003
    • Dr. Craig Monroe, 2003-2009
    • Dr. Lorin Basden Arnold, 2009-2012
  • Chairs:
    • College Writing (today known as Writing Arts)
      • Prof. Janice Rowan, 1996-2005
      • Dr. Jeff Maxson, 2006-207
      • Prof. Janice Rowan, 2007-2008
      • Dr. Jeff Maxson, 2008-2012
    • Communication Studies:
      • Dr. Ed Streb, 1996-____
    • Professional Writing (today known as Journalism):
      • Prof. Kathleen Stevens, 1996-1997
      • Prof. Richard Armbacher, 1997-1997
      • Prof. David Llyon, 1998-2000
      • Prof. Carl Hausman, 2000-2008
      • Prof. Claudia Cuddy, 2008-2012
    • Public Relations and Advertising
      • Dr. Don Bagin, 1996-____
    • Radio-Television-Film
      • Dr. Richard Grupenhoff, 1996-____
  • Milestones
    • 2002. Charles & Lucille King Family Foundation endows $1-Million Chair in Radio, TV & Film. 
    • 2004. Department of Composition and Rhetoric is awarded the Conference on College Composition and Communication's (CCCC) Writing Program Certificate of Excellence. At the time, the Freshman Writing Program served approximately 2,700 students per year. 
    • 2005. Department of Composition and Rhetoric becomes Department of Writing Arts.
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College of Communication and Creative Arts, Rowan University (CCCA, 2012-present)

In 2012, the Art Department joined the College of Communication, which became the College of Communication and Creative Arts. 

  • Deans:
    • Dr. Lorin Basden Arnold, 2012-2016
    • Dr. Sanford Tweedie (2016-present)
  • Chairs:

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College of Communication & Creative Arts – Mission Statement

The College of Communication & Creative Arts at Rowan University is dedicated to excellence in undergraduate and graduate education, providing our students with an understanding of communication and creative arts theory and practical application that empowers them in their future career, civic, and personal endeavors.

The College is committed to developing and implementing rigorous and stimulating curricula, creating opportunities for student engagement, guiding creative and artistic development, and enhancing students’ critical thinking abilities.

While educating students in the fields of communication and the creative arts, our faculty and staff also shape student awareness of the requirements of responsible citizenship, encourage examination of the ethical dimensions of communication and creativity, and contribute to the larger scholarly and professional communities.

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