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Athens, Ohio -- Gregory J. Shepherd, Ph. D., has been named dean of the College of Communication at Ohio University, effective Jan. 1, 2006, President Roderick J. McDavis announced today.  Shepherd was named interim dean of the college in August 2004.. .?Following an extensive national search, it became apparent that Dr. Greg Shepherd is the best person to serve as dean of the College of Communication.? McDavis said.  ?As interim dean, he spearheaded several initiatives including helping to develop new international relationships for the college, expanding the Appalachia READS program, and launching the GRID lab and arcade, which develops interactive digital technology. Greg possesses the strong leadership skills that will ensure a quality learning experience for our students and the continued success of this nationally respected college.?. .As dean, Shepherd provides leadership for the college?s five schools-the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, the J.W. McClure School of Communication Systems Management, the School of Communication Studies, the School of Telecommunications and the School of Visual Communication-and the WOUB Center for Public Media.  He succeeds Provost Kathy Krendl as dean.. .?I look forward to continuing to serve Ohio University and the College of Communication,? Shepherd said.  ?I am pleased to be working with Provost Krendl, President McDavis and the high caliber faculty, staff and students in the college.  I am determined to continue to advance the quality of our educational programs and our outstanding academic reputation.?. .Shepherd joined Ohio University in 2001 as professor and director of the School of Communication Studies.. .Prior to joining Ohio University, Shepherd was an assistant professor at the University of Iowa from 1983 to 1989 and an assistant and associate professor at the University of Kansas from 1989 to 2001.. .Shepherd received a doctorate in speech communication from the University of Illinois, a master?s degree in spe