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Nov. 9, 2005
Contact: Allison Rose Lopez, KU Information Services, (785) 864-8923.

KU names national search committee to select next dean of libraries

LAWRENCE -- Steve Hedden, dean of the School of Fine Arts at the University of Kansas, will lead a national search to identify the next dean of libraries at KU, Denise Stephens, vice provost for information services, announced today.

The search committee will meet later this month to begin its work. KU hopes the next dean will begin work by August 2006. Stella Bentley, dean of libraries since 2001, announced last month her plans to retire next year.

The KU Libraries has a $15 million annual budget, 180 staff members and employs 250 students annually. The system contains more than 4 million printed volumes and more than 100 searchable electronic databases. KU Libraries catalogs 33,000 serials annually and houses more than 500,000 maps and 1 million photographic images. A $5.8 million library annex is under construction on KU's west campus.

In addition to Hedden, the search committee members are: Victor Bailey, director, Hall Center for the Humanities and professor of history; Joseph Custer, associate director, Wheat Law Library; Saeed Farokhi, associate dean of the Graduate School and professor of aerospace engineering; Erik Floor, associate professor of molecular biosciences; Robert Hanzlik, professor of medicinal chemistry; Joe Harrington, associate professor of English; Chuck Marsh, associate professor of journalism; Barry Newton, professor of architecture and libraries chair for the University Council; Susanne Clement, head, collections development and librarian; Richard Fyffe, assistant dean of libraries and librarian; John Stratton, coordinator, libraries' outreach services and librarian; Jerree Catlin, associate director, information technology; Marianne Reed, senior systems specialist, information technology; Nancy Hawkins, media and reserve supervisor, Gorton Library; Robert Szabo, operations coordinator, Anschutz Library; and Rachel Barnes, a student senator and sophomore from Hutchinson.

Kari Balthazor, Office of the Vice Provost for Information Services, and Barbara Gorman, Office of the Dean of Libraries, will provide staff support for the search.

From Hutchinson
Rachel Lyn Barnes, sophomore majoring in history, daughter of Leland and Nancy Barnes; graduate of Trinity Catholic High School.


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