The University of Colorado today announced the panel of faculty members who will be in charge of preparing a proposal for a new College of Media, Communication and Information.

Once developed, the implementation plan will need to be adopted by CU's Board of Regents before it can become an official college. The implementation committee will be led by Merrill Lessley, professor emeritus of theater and dance at CU.

CU officials in the spring revealed their early plans for the new college focused on media, communication and information to replace the now-shuttered traditional journalism school. If approved by the regents, it will be the first newly formed college at CU in five decades.

"We have reached a turning point," Russ Moore said in a statement. "After more than three years of faculty discussions, after consultations with the deans, and with the support of the chancellor, we have moved beyond the question of whether we are creating a new college to the phase in which we do the work necessary to present our ideas to the Board of Regents."

Other committee members include: Mark Amerika, professor of art and art history; Daniel Boord, associate professor of film studies and director of the Brakhage Center; Andrew Calabrese, professor of journalism and mass communication; Katherine Eggert, associate professor of English; Harsha Gangadharbatla, associate professor of journalism and mass communication; Leysia Palen, associate professor of computer science; Peter Simonson, associate professor of communication; and Karen Tracy, professor and chair of communication.

Committee members will explore topics of faculty governance, curriculum, degrees, budget and space needs.

During the implementation phase, Chris Braider -- who has served as the director of journalism and mass communication since 2011 -- will serve as "director of media, communication and information."

If the regents approve the new college, CU will launch a search for a dean. Moore expects the proposal will be presented to the regents in the spring of 2014.

He said the college could house degrees and certificates in media studies, communication, media production, journalism, information studies, intermedia and emerging arts, advertising and "strategic thinking and design."

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