Internal Search Announced for Interim Library Dean

Internal Search Announced for Interim Library Dean

Wednesday, October 03, 2012

An internal search for an interim dean of the University Library to replace Sherry Vellucci, who is stepping down to return to teaching and research, has been announced by the Provost’s Office. The search will follow a process similar to one used successfully in recent internal, interim dean searches.  

Any member of the UNH community can submit a confidential nomination or application to Helen Brewster in the Provost’s Office at: by Friday, Nov. 9. All nominees will be contacted and formally invited to apply.  After a candidate pool is established, Provost John Aber will appoint a review team to evaluate and recommend 2-4 candidates who will then participate in brief on-campus interviews and presentations. The goal is to name the interim dean by Dec. 1.  

As with any change in personnel, this transition also offers the opportunity to re-evaluate the roles and responsibilities of the position, Aber said, adding that the review will be part of the process of describing the permanent position, which will be filled through a national search. 

The interim dean will be the senior administrative and financial officer of the University Library, reporting to the provost and vice president, and will be a member of the Provost’s Council.  

Responsibilities include:

  • direction, development, implementation and evaluation of all aspects of library services;
  • Oversight of 17 librarians with faculty status, 57 staff, and an effective budget of $16.9 million;
  • Leadership in library and information technology, working closely with the University’s Chief Information Officer;
  • Collaboration in fundraising with the UNH Foundation.

The successful candidate must demonstrate the capacity to advocate for the library; foster an organizational culture based on respect, service, teamwork, personal and professional growth, and accountability; possess the leadership, managerial, and communication skills required to work effectively with the library’s many constituencies; and display sensitivity and responsiveness to issues of diversity and multiculturalism.