Geneva Overholser, the director of The University of Southern California Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, is stepping down at the end of this academic year, the school announced on Friday. She has held the position since 2008.

“My time as director of this school has been enormously rewarding, and it is gratifying to see the results of our efforts in the success of our students,” Overholser said in a USC press release. Under her leadership, the school overhauled its curriculum, expanded its faculty, and broke ground on a new 88,000 square foot building.

Overholser, a former editor of the Des Moines Register, was named one of CJR’s 40 women who changed the media business in our July/August issue.

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