Kingsley Harbor Named Communication Dept. Head
Jamie M. Eubanks
JSU News Bureau
Jacksonville State University's Communication Department recently named Dr. Kingsley Harbor as chairman.
Harbor began his education in his native Nigeria, where he received his associate degree. Then he came to the United States, and for 24 years he has called it home.
He received his bachelor's degree in engineering from the University of Houston. He then received his master's degree in broadcasting from Southern University in Baton Rouge. Finally, he received a Ph.D. in journalism from Southern Illinois University.
Harbor has taught journalism and communications full-time for the past ten years.
So what brings him to JSU in Jacksonville? First of all, he said the climate of the South was more comfortable to him. "Then what brought me to Jacksonville was when I read JSU's slogan, which says, 'The Friendliest Campus in the South.' Actually that's what got my attention." So he checked it out, and decided he wanted to be a part of the "Friendliest Campus in the South."
"This a field that is very vibrant. This is a field that is growing. This is a field that is respected. It doesn't matter what field you are in. If you are a physician, an engineer, a lawyer, a historian, you will communicate. So the skill of communication is very important."
To see that all these points are made clear to students in the field, Harbor has some goals for the Communication Department. He hopes to increase enrollment and make the department visible beyond the state level. Harbor also hopes to gain accreditation.
To improve visibility, he said the department will join national organizations, and faculty will participate in national professional programs.
He said he is also scheduled to interview two new candidates for faculty positions to address the problem of a faculty shortage. "We are working hard to make sure that this department is where it should be," comments Harbor. "We hope to move this department forward." In his off time, Harbor enjoys swimming and soccer.
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