Each year, SUNY New Paltz brings in a distinguished journalist to serve as the James H. Ottaway Sr. Professor of Journalism during the spring semester. This person teaches one course to advanced undergraduate journalism students; participates in six workshop/round table discussions with students, faculty and local journalists; and gives one major campus presentation.
The ideal candidate has extensive and prestigious journalism experience, preferably in print as an editor or reporter. Past holders of the professorship include Sydney Schanberg, 1976 winner of the Pulizer Prize for international reporting, and Bernard Stein, who won the Pulitzer Prize for editorial writing in 1998 as co-publisher and editor of the weekly, The Riverdale Press, in the Bronx; famous sports writer and author Roger Kahu; and John Darntoa, a New York Times reporter who also won the Pulitzer Prize for reporting.
The James H. Ottaway Sr. Endowed Professorship, the first Endowed Professorship at SUNY New Paltz, is named for the founder of Ottaway Newspapers Inc., which is now a coast-to-coast group of 13 daily, 11 Sunday and more than 30 weekly newspapers with a total circulation of 387,224. The flagship newspaper of the chain is the Times Herald-Record in Middletown, N.Y.
The donation to create the professorship was made by James Ottaway Jr., who succeeded his father as the company's chief executive officer in 1976. James H. Ottaway Sr. died in January 2000 at the age of 88. To find out more about the professorship, visit the official Web site.