Charlie Edwards, dean of Drake University’s College of Business and Public Administration and the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, will retire effective May 31, the university announced today.


Edwards was named dean of the journalism school in 2002 and the business school in 2003 after working as publisher of The Des Moines Register.


At Drake, Edwards led the creation of what is now the School of Actuarial Science, and enrollment in the business school has increased more than 40 percent in the last decade.


“I am proud of my record at Drake, first as a trustee and later as dean,” Edwards said in a statement. “Fundraising efforts positively impacted the student experience through the creation and support of new centers of entrepreneurial management and data analytics in the CBPA and magazine studies in the SJMC. In retirement, I am looking forward to continuing my work in K-12 public education as a member of the Iowa State Board of Education.


Former Iowa Insurance Commissioner Therese Vaughan has been appointed interim dean of the business school and will begin June 1.


Kathleen Richardson, associate professor of journalism and director of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, will report directly to the provost and continue to manage the school’s operations upon Edwards’ retirement, the university said.


Drake’s College of Business and Public Administration announced on April 7 that it was withdrawing its accreditation status from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, as it did not meet requirements for peer academic research.


Edwards is 67 years old, according to The Des Moines Register.