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Thursday, February 22, 2007

Kane Webb retreats from UCA post

Posted By on Thu, Feb 22, 2007 at 11:36 AM

Kane Webb e-mails friends and colleagues this morning to say he's not going to be head of communications for UCA after all.

I won't be going to UCA. In the end, Lu Hardin and I mutually agreed that it just wasn't a good fit—for either me or the institution. But mostly for me. I fear I'm too far gone as a writer and journalist to be a publicist. (And I say that with no disrespect at all to folks in the PR and marketing biz.) Lu Hardin—for whom I now have even greater respect and admiration—will get himself a communications person he and that thriving university deserve.

Full e-mail after the jump.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Kane Webb
Date: Feb 21, 2007 6:03 AM
Subject: note to friends

Dear Friends,

I won't bury the lede: I won't be going to UCA. In the end, Lu Hardin and I mutually agreed that it just wasn't a good fit—for either me or the institution. But mostly for me. I fear I'm too far gone as a writer and journalist to be a publicist. (And I say that with no disrespect at all to folks in the PR and marketing biz.) Lu Hardin—for whom I now have even greater respect and admiration—will get himself a communications person he and that thriving university deserve.

Let me make this perfectly clear (Nixon, Richard M.): Lu Hardin could not have been more understanding or honest through all this. (How lucky UCA is to have him.) Ditto the folks at the Democrat-Gazette.

The Editorial Page will benefit greatly from having a fresh, young, energetic voice, and I'll benefit from the change. It was probably long past due.

As for me, I'm lucky enough to be married to an incredible woman who fully understands my addiction to words and journalism. Fortunately, we had a trip planned for months and we'll be heading out of town tomorrow—computer and email free—for a few days. I'll clear my head, and we'll figure out what's next. I have some options (in the news business) and some freelance projects to keep me busy and working. All is well.

All of you have been such good, supportive friends over the years that I wanted to spell out all the details and, I hope, not leave any room for rumor.

Stay well,
Kane

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