Dianne Lynch it is. The online media maven (check out her blog here) and current dean of Ithaca College's school of communication dropped out of the candidacy pool in March, only to rejoin a few weeks ago. On Friday, UC Berkeley Provost George Breslauer sent the following e-mail to the J-school community:
I am delighted to inform you that Dianne Lynch has consented to our recommending to the Regents her appointment as Dean of the Graduate School of Journalism, effective January 1, 2008.
Professor Lynch is excited about the prospect of working with the faculty, staff, students, and alumni of GSJ to advance multiple, ambitious goals for the School.
The Regents will not consider this appointment until their mid-July meeting.
I will of course inform Dianne Lynch and all of you immediately thereafter.
So it seems only a formality stands in the way of Lynch's official appointment, which the SF Chronicle covered yesterday.