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January 29, 2019

Three candidates for Dean of University Libraries will be on campus over the next several weeks. Each candidate will hold a public presentation on the following topic:

Addressing the Opportunities and Challenges Facing University Libraries in the 21st Century

The university community is invited and encouraged to attend the following public presentations:

Kenneth BurhannaKenneth Burhanna
Interim Dean, University Libraries
Kent State University

Public Presentation
Tues., Feb. 5, 2019
11:00-11:45 am
1018 Library

Curriculum Vitae

Candidate Evaluation Survey



Erik NordbergErik Nordberg
Interim Assistant Dean
Wayne State University

Public Presentation
Wed., Feb. 6, 2019
11:00-11:45 am
1018 Library

Curriculum Vitae

Candidate Evaluation Survey


Clem GuthroClement (Clem) Guthro
Former Dean of the University Library
California State University, Fullerton

Public Presentation
Thurs., Feb. 7, 2019
1:15-2:00 pm
1018 Library

Curriculum Vitae

Candidate Evaluation Survey



November 2, 2018

Opportunity: Kent State University seeks a collaborative and visionary academic leader to serve as Dean of University Libraries. The dean serves as principal administrator of the University Libraries system and the Kent State University Press. A nationally recognized academic library among the best in the world, University Libraries supports the research needs of students, faculty, alumni, and local communities across Kent State's eight-campus university system. University Libraries is a member of the Association of Research Libraries and a founding member of OhioLINK. The dean reports to the Executive Vice President and Provost. 

Additional information, including unique programs, opportunities, and key priorities for the dean, visit can be found in the Leadership Profile.

Qualifications: Candidates shall have a terminal degree (master's degree from an accredited American Library Association program); a substantive record of scholarly and professional achievements; progressively responsible administrative experience in an academic or research library; distinguished professional experience; and an academic record sufficient to qualify for faculty appointment at a senior rank.  

Interested candidates should apply online (URL below) and include a letter describing relevant experience and interest in the position; curriculum vitae/resume; and the names, titles, and contact information for five references.

The position will be posted through Friday, November 30, 2018. 


Kent State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer

Leadership Profile

Search Committee

Amy Reynolds, Chair
Dean, College of Communication and Information

Kendra Albright
Director, School of Information

Melissa Bauer
Associate Professor, Library
Kent State University at Stark

Cherie Bronkar
Library Director
Kent State University at Tuscarawas

Robin Dever
Associate Professor, Teaching, Learning and Curriculum Studies
Kent State University at Geauga

Virginia Dressler
Assistant Professor
Digital Projects Librarian

Michael Hawkins
Doctoral candidate, Geography
Head, Kent State Map Library

Cindy Kristof
Associate Professor
Head, Copyright and Document Services

Peter Lisius
Associate Professor
Music and Media Catalog Librarian

Edith Serkownek
Librarian, June F. Mohler Fashion Library

Annelise Stopar
Senator-at-Large for Commuter Students
Undergraduate Student Government

Susan Wadsworth-Booth
Director, University Press

Sue Wamsley
Assistant Professor, History
Kent State University at Salem

Karen Keenan (Non-voting)
Project Director, Academic Affairs