LSU school of journalism Dean, Martin Johnson dies

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The Dean of LSU’s journalism school, Martin Johnson has died. Johns was named head of Manship School of journalism at LSU just two years ago. The university announced Tuesday that he died overnight in his sleep according to The Advocate.

The cause of death is not immediately known at this time.

“Our entire LSU Family mourns the loss of Dean Johnson, who was a wonderful colleague, friend, father and husband. We will be forever grateful for Dean Johnson’s countless contributions to the Manship School and LSU, and we will miss him terribly,” said LSU Interim President Tom Galligan and LSU Executive Vice President & Provost Stacia Haynie in a joint statement.

Johnson earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Manship in 1991. His career includes former editor of the student newspaper, The Daily Reveille, and an announcer at the schools student-run radio station KLSU. He received a master’s degree and a doctoral degree in political science from Rice before returning to his hometown.

He is survived by his wife, Sherri and their son.