Cal Poly's journalism department chair refuses to resign

UPDATE | 5:20 p.m.

Linda Halisky, dean of the College of Liberal Arts, confirmed that she asked Bill Loving to step down from his chair position this morning.

Since Loving refused, she said she’s drafting a letter notifying him he’ll be replaced as chair Aug. 20 and a national search for a new chair will begin.

Halisky declined to comment specifically about the matter, saying that Loving was starting his last year of a three-year term as chair and that he receives a stipend but the bulk of his salary comes from his professor position. Halisky said Loving will retain his chair pay during his third year even though he’ll only retain his professor position.

Graphic communication department chair Harvey Levenson will serve as journalism department chair during the transition to appointing a new chair, Halisky said.

Original story: Cal Poly’s Journalism Department Chair Bill Loving has been asked to resign, he said Thursday.

Loving said that he declined the “kind offer” by Linda Halisky, Cal Poly’s dean of the College of Liberal Arts. Loving said that he expects to receive a letter from Halisky firing him as chair.

If he's let go as department head, Loving said he’ll retain his tenured professor position with the department.

Halisky was not immediately available for comment.

Loving was hired as the head of Cal Poly’s Journalism Department about two years ago after a year-long, nationwide recruitment. He replaced George Ramos, who remains a professor in the department.

Loving’s background includes daily newspaper experience, including stints with the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and Riverside Press-Enterprise; academic positions at the University of Oklahoma and Idaho State University where he served as chair of the Department of Mass Communication.

-- Nick Wilson