About Dr. John Keshishoglou

Dr. Keshishoglou (Dr. Kesh) was the founding Dean of the Roy H. Park School of Communications at Ithaca College.  After serving as dean, he remained active as a professor emeritus and contributor to special events until his passing in August 2011.

He served as a professor in the Park School for thirty-five years until his retirement in 2000. Prior to being appointed Dean, he served as the chair of the Department of Television-Radio and director of the Instructional Resources Center. He also served as a visiting professor at Cornell University and a number of overseas universities, most recently, the Nanyang Technological University’s School of Communication and Information in Singapore (2000-2005 and previously in 1994, 1996, 1998).

Dr. Keshishoglou received his doctorate from Syracuse University. He earned his MA from the University of Iowa and his BA from Morningside College in Iowa.

A three-time recipient of senior Fulbright awards, Keshishoglou served as consultant and travels extensively on behalf of the Department of State (formerly the United States Information Agency) the United States Agency for International Development, the United Nations and its specialized agencies UNDP, UNESCO, UN-FAO. He lived and worked in Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia. Using Singapore as his base, he did consulting work in Thailand, Honk Kong, Malaysia, Brunei and Indonesia. He visited China and made 3 trips to Australia (even Tasmania) and New Zealand.

He was the author of four books, over one hundred articles, and numerous white papers delivered at various, mostly overseas, professional conventions and symposia. He produced and directed many corporate films/tapes and documentaries. His areas of specialization included development and instructional communications, international media policy and law, global flow of information and cross-border cultural influences, and higher education curriculum development and implementation.