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About Dr. Perley Isaac Reed

PI ReedDr. Perley Isaac Reed founded the College of Media at West Virginia University in 1939. A former English and journalism professor, Reed helped to expand journalism course offerings at WVU and was named the first director of the College of Media when it became an independent school.

Reed played a key role in the founding of many of the College of Media’s student organizations. He also helped establish two national groups –  Kappa Tau Alpha, a college honor society that recognizes academic excellence and promotes scholarship in journalism and mass communication, and the American Society of Journalism School Administrators, which was later affiliated with the Association for Education in Journalism.

Reed believed in keeping journalism students aware of and in close contact with practitioners in the field, and he often invited members of the working press to deliver special lectures to the student body. This concept continues through special events like the Ogden Newspapers Seminar Series, as well as the many alumni who return to their alma mater as visiting lecturers and professionals in residence.

Above all, Reed symbolized professionalism in journalism and mass communications. He believed in discipline and hard work – for himself as well as for his faculty and his students – and lived by the dictum, “Accuracy! Accuracy! Accuracy!”

Reed’s legacies include not only a firmly established College of Media at WVU but also a harder-to-define spirit of professionalism instilled in students now working as journalists and professional communicators around the world.

Read more about Perley Isaac Reed in the College of Media’s  2007 alumni magazine.