Harris Search Associates has recruited Stephanie Walker as Dean of Libraries and Information Resources at the University of North Dakota
Harris Search Associates has successfully recruited Stephanie Walker as the inaugural Dean of Libraries and Information Resources at the University of North Dakota (UND). Currently the Chief Librarian & Executive Director of Academic Information Technology at City University of New York’s Brooklyn College, Walker will assume her duties on Sept. 16.
In her new role, Walker will provide vision and leadership to support and enhance the central role of the Chester Fritz Library and its branches, along with other university and community libraries, to support intellectual inquiry, foster a diverse knowledge community, and advance UND’s mission, strategic vision, and initiatives.
Said Provost Thomas DiLorenzo, “We are delighted that Stephanie will be joining the UND community. Her knowledge of all aspects of the academic library, as well as her leadership capabilities, make her well-qualified to lead the Chester Fritz Library and its branch libraries. Stephanie’s track record evidences her passion for the vibrancy and centrality of libraries to campus life.”
Walker joins the UND community following a national search that engaged students, staff, faculty, community members, and alumni.
“All who meet her tell us that Stephanie brings an extraordinary skill set to our UND community,” said Steve Light, who chaired the search committee. “She’s creative, collaborative, and capable, and is deeply knowledgeable about the diverse functions and bright future for innovative academic libraries.”
Since 2008, Stephanie Walker has been Chief Librarian & Executive Director of Academic Information Technology at City University of New York’s Brooklyn College, a senior college with over 17,000 undergraduate and graduate students. This is a dual role, encompassing both the Library and support for teaching and research with technology. The latter includes oversight of a Faculty Training & Development Lab and a 24/7 Library Café for students, management of more than 2,800 online courses, and oversight of a technology training program.
She has extensive experience in strategic planning. Recently, she coordinated development of a new Strategic Plan for the Library & Academic IT, and collaborated with Campus IT to develop and implement a strategic plan for IT as a whole. She also restructured the Library & Academic IT to formalize the role of innovation and entrepreneurship. She has overseen development of many entrepreneurial initiatives, often involving collaborations with partners. She has also managed renovations of the Library’s physical space, and led the growth of virtual services including 24/7 chat reference, a redesigned website, new rapid interlibrary loan services, participation in an institutional repository including digital collections and data services, and more.
Previously, she held the positions of Associate Librarian for Information Services at Brooklyn College; Manager of Collection Services, Technical Services, & Library IT at Harvard Medical School; Dean & University Librarian at Mount Saint Vincent University in Nova Scotia; Director of the Library at the University of Toronto at Scarborough; and Faculty Librarian for the University of Toronto’s Dental Library.
A native of Canada, Walker earned both her Honor Bachelor of Arts and Master of Art in English from the University of Waterloo in Waterloo, Ontario. She also received her Master of Library Science from the University of Toronto in Toronto, Ontario.
UND is a member of the North Dakota University System, is a flagship research university located in the city of Grand Forks, North Dakota- a classic college town of 55,000 people located on the banks of the Red River of the North. UND founded in 1883, is the state’s oldest and largest University with more than 15,000 students -11,724 Undergraduate, 2914 Graduate, 505 Professional (Law/Medicine) and 239 fields of study. UND is a nationally prominent, student-focused doctoral research university with a strong liberal arts core, outstanding professional programs, creative and cutting-edge research programs, and dedicated faculty engaged in innovative scholarship and teaching. UND is one of only 47 public universities in the U.S. with both accredited law and medical schools.
Harris Search Associates - an IIC Partners member firm, is a leading global executive search and board advisory consulting firm with 53 offices in 35 countries worldwide. Our practice is focused on identifying and attracting leaders to support the growth of clients in the areas of research, science, engineering, academic medicine and commercial enterprises. Clients include the foremost universities, research parks, institutes, academic medical centers and commercial organizations driving global innovation and discovery.