Champaign Public Library Reopens Search For New Director

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CHAMPAIGN – The Champaign Public Library Board of Trustees announces they plan to reopen the search for a new library director after not coming to an agreement on their previously selected finalists.

A search for the new Champaign Public Library director began shortly after former Library Director Marsha Grove announced her retirement date of January 30, 2016 back in September 2015 after 13 years of service.

The board then hired executive search firm Bradbury Associates / Gossage Sager Associates in Kansas City, Missouri, to facilitate the process. Applications were taken between October 2 and November 22. Final selection was initially supposed to take place on January 15 after finalists had been selected and questioned in public forums.

Board officials announced on Tuesday, February 9, that they would reopen the search after a decision was not made amongst the four finalists. The search originally started with 27 candidates.

The Board of Trustees will now work closely with City of Champaign staff and the search firm to review the parameters of the new search, which includes drafting a new timeline. Trustee President Martin Wolske says the Board appreciates the community’s involvement and feedback during this search.

“The Board is taking this step to make sure we can find the right person to lead the Library and continue to meet the evolving needs of our diverse community,” Wolske adds.

The Library’s recruitment process includes input from an executive search committee, the Champaign Public Library Foundation, Friends of the Champaign Public Library, Library staff, City of Champaign staff, a consulting firm, community leaders and the public.

Interim Library Director Donna Pittman will lead the Champaign Public Library while the search continues.

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