Executive Council

Rick Rockwell head shotRick Rockwell, Associate Dean

Associate Dean Rick Rockwell is assigned to special initiatives for the School of Communications, currently including graduate studies and online programs, as well as working with Webster's metropolitan and military campuses. As part of these duties, he is involved in curricular development. He provides administrative oversight for the School’s external media and student media organizations and publications including: Galaxy Radio; Gorlok TV; the Ampersand; and The Journal as well as serves as the executive producer of "Latin Pulse."  He represents the School and the Dean's Office on committees and in activities important to those programs, as well as working on additional special projects which support the mission of the School and University. Responsible to the Dean of the School of Communications, he contributes to developing and implementing initiatives that advance the School’s strategic goals of enhancing our national standing, building the diversity of our faculty, staff, and student populations, and internationalizing our programs. 

Contact Information

Office phone 314-246-8280
Email or rickrockwell@webster.edu

Paaige Turner head shotPaaige K. Turner, Associate Dean

Dr. Paaige K.Turner is responsible for overseeing and coordinating the academic programs, policies, and processes of the School of Communications. She represents the School and the Dean's Office on a variety of University committees, as well as working on specific initiatives including assessments, curricular and co-curricular activities, summer programming, communications, faculty development and comprehensive internationalization. She provides administrative oversight for the School’s Student Services including Undergraduate Academic Advising and Center for Portfolio Development & Internships. Responsible to the Dean of the School of Communications, she contributes to developing and implementing initiatives that advance the School’s strategic goals of enhancing our national standing, building the diversity of our faculty, staff, and student populations, and internationalizing our programs.

Contact Information

Office phone   314-246-7920
Email or paaigeturner@webster.edu

Michael Zakibe, Director of Operations 

Michael Zakibe head shotAs the Director of Operations for the School of Communications, Michael Zakibe is the liaison between the Dean's Office and the faculty, staff, and students of the School of Communications for decisions involving financial policies, budgets, and expenditures.

Zakibe provides monthly departmental budget variance analysis and serves as an advisor in the development of the capital spending and minor equipment budgets for the departments within the School of Communications. He works closely with the department chairs and with the leaders of student clubs and organizations that have budgeted funds.

He also works on special projects for the dean, including his current involvement on the planning committee researching the best way to redesign the Sverdrup Building.

Michael Zakibe is a St. Louis native. He returned from Los Angeles where he spent much of his career working for NBC. His most recent position was director of television operations and production finance for NBC Universal. Away from work, he enjoys photography, writing, and going to the theater. 

Contact Information

Office phone   314-246-7830
Email   

Susan Napoleon, Assistant to the Dean

Susan Napoleon head shotIn her role as assistant to the dean, Susan Napoleon has wide-ranging responsibilities. She manages strategic initiatives and supports the development of relationships with alumni and business professionals. She handles projects as diverse as event planning, space usage, faculty contracts, and office moves. She is the liaison between Dean Rothenbuhler and other people and departments within the university. She is an invaluable resource for the faculty, staff and students of the School of Communications. She is the recipient of the 2013 Staff Member of the Year Award.

Napoleon is active in the International Association of Administrative Professionals. She has a daughter in college and two married sons with growing families.

Contact Information

Office phone   314-246-7154
Email  

Kathy Corley, Chair, Department of Electronic and Photographic Media

Kathy CorleyKathy Corley is the chair of the Department of Electronic and Photographic Media. This includes undergraduate majors from animation to video production.

Corley is an award-winning filmmaker and educator. She is a world-traveler and has developed and taught courses that began in a St. Louis classroom, traveled to the streets of Paris requiring students to be conversational in French, and ended back in St. Louis. She has taught at the Webster University campuses in Leiden and Geneva. She has been a recipient of the Kemper Award for Excellence in Teaching.

When she's not at Webster, traveling, or making films, Corley is a percussionist in Samba Bom, a very popular Brazilian band. 

Contact Information

Office phone   314-968-6923
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Gary Ford, Chair, Department of Communications and Journalism

Bob Davidson and Gary FordGary Ford is chair of the Department of Communications and Journalism. It is comprised of eight bachelor's degrees, seven minors, and six certificates covering subjects ranging from advertising and marketing communications to speech communication studies. He has been teaching public relations courses in the undergraduate program and graduate studies for more than 25 years. Prior to being elected chair of the Department  of Communications and Journalism, Ford  served as the director of graduate studies for the School of Communications.  

Outside of Webster, Ford is often a panelist for professional organizations and advises corporate and nonprofit clients. In his free time, he sings in a gospel quartet and is a member of several choral groups. 

In the photo, Ford, on the right, is pictured with former Outstanding School of Communications Graduate Student and adjunct faculty member Bob Davidson.

Contact Information

Office phone   314-246-8632
Email   

Barry Hufker, Chair, Department of Audio Aesthetics and TechnologyBarry Hufker

Barry Hufker is the chair for the Department of Audio Aesthetics and Technology. This includes the undergraduate majors of audio production and audio production with an emphasis in international audio production along with the minor audio production and the entrepreneurship for audio majors certificate.

Hufker spends much of his time away from the university recording and producing for organizations such as Opera Theatre of St. Louis. He also regularly records classical, jazz and ethnic music for compact disc, DVD and broadcast.

Contact Information

Office phone   314-246-7654  

 

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Audio Aesthetics and Technology 314-246-7636
Communications and Journalism 314-246-5935
Electronic and Photographic Media 314-246-6924
Graduate Studies 314-246-7472
Office of the Dean 314-968-7154