Tom Goldstein, dean of Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism for five years, has announced plans to step down in June.
Goldstein, 56, who was dean of the graduate school of journalism at the University of California at Berkeley from 1988 to 1996, cited his desire to return to California.
"For many months, I have been planning to leave to rejoin my family in California," Goldstein said in an e-mail Thursday to faculty and staff. "Now I make it official." When he took the job in July 1997, he said he intended to stay four years.
Goldstein declined to discuss his plans, except to say he would live in the San Francisco Bay area.