(VisCom Press Release)
ATHENS, OH (May 15, 2014) – Tim Goheen, an illustrator, designer and infographics specialist with nearly 30 years of professional experience, has been named director of the award-winning School of Visual Communication at Ohio University after a nationwide search. His appointment is effective July 15.
“Tim brings a wealth of professional experience in an area that is vitally important to the School of Visual Communication and the Scripps College as a whole,” said Scripps College of Communication Dean Scott Titsworth. “As we witnessed at the recent Scheuneman Symposium, data visualization and info graphics are cutting edge, and that’s exactly the expertise and background that Tim brings. I have no doubt that, with his leadership, Ohio University will become the academic leader in this field.”
Goheen began his career as a newsroom artist at The State (newspaper) in Columbia, S.C. in 1986. In 1995, Goheen left South Carolina for Washington, D.C. to join the news wire service Knight-Ridder Tribune Information Services (KRT) as senior illustrator for the company’s European graphics startup. In 1997, he was promoted to art director of KRT Graphics and supervised artists and freelancers in the U.S. and Europe.
Goheen took a year off to attend Ohio University as a Knight Fellow in the School for Visual Communication in 2005 and 2006. He taught basic and advanced infographics while earning his Master’s degree from the school. In 2006 KRT became MCT when Knight-Ridder Inc. was sold to the McClatchy newspaper company, and Goheen took on the additional responsibility of managing editor of the graphics service. As art director and managing editor, Goheen supervised all artists and editors, and directed MCT’s graphics visual and textual content.
“Being an alumnus of VisCom himself, Tim understands well the tradition of excellence characteristic of the school,” said Titsworth. “He will work to maintain and advance that standard, and will also easily connect with all VisCom students, past and present, about the natural excitement that surrounds the school.”
Goheen earned a bachelor’s degree from James Madison College, a residential school for social sciences at Michigan State University in 1986. He has won Society for News Design (SND) awards for infographics and South Carolina Press Association Awards for news graphics, illustration and feature page design. In 2008, Goheen was selected to judge SND’s prestigious World’s Best Designed Newspaper competition.
He is a native of Michigan and an avid Detroit and Michigan State University sports fan. He and his wife, Elaine, will settle in Athens soon with their cat, Sophia Purrsapova.
Stan Alost, a faculty member in the school, has served as interim director since the past director, Terry Eiler, announced his retirement effective in April 2013.
The School of Visual Communication was named home to one of the top three photojournalism programs in the country by PDNedu magazine in April 2010 and is home to six of the last eight winners of the College Photographer of the Year competition.