Jeff Fruit served as Director of JMC from 2002-2012 and from 2017-2020. He has served in a variety of other administrative positions at the university since his hire in 1998 including Interim Dean of the College of Communication and Information; Interim Director of the School of Library and Information Sciences; and Senior Business Manager in the Office of Student Media.
He has more than 15 years of media experience with daily, weekly and monthly publications in positions ranging from reporter to publisher. His media career includes startup and turnaround experience with American City Business Journals, where he served as editor of South Florida Business Journal and publisher of Dallas Business Journal among other positions. He has degrees from Ohio Wesleyan and Ohio State University.
His teaching interests include media management, media entrepreneurship, media literacy and audience analysis. His research focuses on the role of technology as an agent of change in journalism, in the broader media marketplace and now in higher education. He is co-author of The Training and Hiring of Journalists with Lee B. Becker and Susan L. Caudill.
He is president of Kappa Tau Alpha, the national honorary society for journalism students. He has served as adviser of the Kent State chapter for 13 years, was the 2013 William H. Taft Adviser of the Year, and was honored to have Kent State’s KTA chapter named the Jeff Fruit Chapter in 2015.
B.A., Ohio Wesleyan University, M.A., Ohio State University