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Purdue to Initiate Dean Search for Libraries

September 20th, 2018

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Library of Engineering and Science in the Wilmeth Active Learning Center (Photo by Mark Simons, Purdue University Marketing & Media)

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Jay Akridge, provost and executive vice president for academic affairs and diversity, has announced the start of a national search for the next dean of Purdue University Libraries.

“Purdue Libraries faculty and staff are known for being creative, collaborative and innovative,” Akridge says. “In addition to their many current contributions, the talented members of this unit will play a key role in our campus-wide Integrated Data Science Initiative and undergraduate research under the direction of the new dean. To better reflect the broader contributions they make to the campus and their future direction, the Libraries faculty and staff are in the process of identifying a new name for the unit. We will be looking for a leader who will help take our (renamed) Libraries to even higher levels of excellence and impact.”

David Reingold, the Justin S. Morrill Dean of the College of Liberal Arts, will chair the search. Rhonda Phillips, dean of the Honors College, is continuing her service as interim dean of Purdue Libraries.

The search committee members’ names are listed in the Sept. 20 edition of “Purdue Today.”