My mentors

Dr. Elizabeth Yamashita, Director, 1982-1988

Elizabeth Yamashita

“A good writer can write anything.”

–Dr. Elizabeth Yamashita, dean of the J-School at the University of Oklahoma.

Dr. Yamashita came to OU from Michigan State University where she headed the School of Journalism. A native of Australia, she graduated from the University of Sydney with a BA. Additionally, she received her MA and Ph.D. from Northwestern University. During her tenure, Copeland Hall received a 23,000-square foot addition, a new computer lab was installed, two Macintosh computers were added for the first time, and scholarships funds were doubled to $100,000.