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[OFFICIAL-L] Changes in University Libraries Leadership

As we look toward the 2021–2022 academic year, I am announcing, first, that the University Libraries are once again reporting to the provost. Wright State University has benefitted from Dr. Barry Milligan’s willingness to have the libraries report to him. The University Libraries had in Dr. Milligan a sensitive and informed advocate who, working with Sue Polanka, has done much to ensure my understanding of its strengths, its needs, and its potential. Sue, Barry, and I have discussed the reporting relationship of the libraries and have concluded that now is the time for the Provost’s Office to resume the usual reporting relationship.

Second, I am delighted both to express my personal gratitude to Sue Polanka for her leadership as university librarian and to wish her continued success as she moves to Appalachian State University. I am especially grateful for her care in planning for a smooth transition in leadership; and as a result, I am announcing, first, that Karen Wilhoit has agreed to serve as interim university librarian; and second, that Mandy Shannon has agreed to serve as interim associate university librarian.

Having joined the Dunbar Library in 1992 and having served as associate university librarian for collections since 2004, Karen has a thorough understanding of the University Libraries and of its role in the university. In addition to an undergraduate degree in English from Western Kentucky University and a graduate degree in English from the University of Kentucky, Karen holds a Master of Library Science from Indiana University. She was highly recommended to serve as interim university librarian; and I have very much enjoyed the opportunity to discuss with her the goals and plans for the 2021–2022 year. I know that she enjoys the support and respect of the faculty and that under her leadership, the University Libraries will sustain its central role on campus.

Mandy, who joined Wright State in 2013 and has served as head of instruction and research services since 2016, holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Eastern Michigan University, a master’s degree in political science from The Ohio State University, and the Master of Library Science from Clarion University. As was Karen, Mandy was highly recommended to serve as interim associate university Librarian and enjoys the support and respect of the faculty.

I am confident that with both of these accomplished leaders, the University Libraries will continue to flourish.

Please join me in congratulating and thanking Karen and Mandy for their willingness to take on these critical responsibilities.

Oliver H. Evans, Ph.D.
Interim Provost