Dean of the University Libraries

West Chester University
19383, West Chester

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West Chester University invites nominations and applications for an accomplished and visionary leader to serve as the dean of the university libraries. The dean of the university libraries is responsible for the overall management and development of library goals, services, collections, technology, budget, and faculty and staff, and provides leadership in assessing and addressing the information needs of West Chester University.

The dean of the university libraries is responsible for the administration of all Library operations including the acquisition and accessibility of library materials; the availability of appropriate library services and facilities; and the planning and evaluation required to make these materials and services the best possible for university students, faculty, staff, and the needs of the local and regional communities. The dean reports to the deputy provost and works effectively within an environment of distributed leadership.  The dean fulfills administrative responsibilities in such areas as budget expenditures, facilities, strategic planning, technology, and organizational structure. The dean works with PASSHE, the Keystone Library Network (KLN), and other external organizations to insure economical, efficient, and effective library operations.

The ideal candidate will have experience as a dynamic leader in an academic library environment, demonstrating the understanding of the complexity of an academic library which is responsible for providing information resources for research and scholarly work. The candidate should have a master’s degree in library or information sciences from an ALA accredited program, or equivalent program and five years of successful, high-level experience and expertise in leadership and management in a medium to large academic library. 

How to Apply

Greenwood/Asher & Associates, Inc. is assisting West Chester University in this search. Applications and nominations are now being accepted. Confidential inquiries and nominations should be directed to Greenwood/Asher and Associates. For a full application package please provide a cover letter, CV, and list of five references. Submission of application materials as PDF attachments is strongly encouraged. Please send materials to [email protected] 

The search will be conducted with a commitment of confidentiality for candidates until finalists are selected. Initial screening of applications will begin immediately and will continue until an appointment is made.

Please direct inquiries, nominations, and application materials to:

Julie Holley, Search Manager and Senior Executive Search Consultant
Shelley Sullivan Feather, Practice Leader, Library and Information Science and Senior Executive Search Consultant
E-mail: [email protected]
E-mail: [email protected]

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Developing and sustaining a diverse faculty and staff advances WCU's educational mission. The University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer encouraging diversity. Women, minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. 

WCU offers of employment are subject to and contingent upon satisfactory completion of all pre-employment background checks.

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