Nylink Announces New Director

penniman.jpg W. David Penniman, Ph.D., has been named the new Executive Director of Nylink. He succeeds Mary-Alice Lynch who retired in January 2007 and Kathleen Gundrum, Director of Member Services, who has been serving as Interim Executive Director.

Upon installation as Nylink Director, Dr. Penniman will also take his role as an ex officio member of the NYSHEI Governing Board.

Dr. Penniman most recently held tenured academic appointments as well as administrative positions at the University at Buffalo and the University of Tennessee in the areas of communication and information science. Prior to that, he served as President and CEO of the Council on Library and Information Resources, was a director at AT&T Bell Laboratories in charge of internal information systems including a large automated library network, and was Vice President for Planning and Research at OCLC.

In addition, he has been a consultant to senior management of information services organizations and special libraries in the areas of strategic planning, cost/benefit analysis (including return-on-investment studies), knowledge management support systems, information service design and evaluation (including facilities evaluation), benchmarking and modeling of services and staffing, and quality metrics. He holds a doctorate in communication theory from Ohio State University.

“The Search Committee was keenly aware of how important the selection of the new Executive Director would be to Nylink’s continued success,” commented Julie Cunningham, Chief Librarian, Mina Rees Library, Graduate Center, City University of New York, who served as search committee chair and is also a member of Nylink Council. She added, “As we worked toward picking the finalists, Dr. Penniman’s accomplishments in a variety of academic, library and corporate environments and his vision for developing a sound path to the future clearly identified him as our preferred first choice.”

Ms. Cunningham also acknowledged Kathleen Gundrum’s role during the transition: “As a member of Nylink Council, I would also like to offer my thanks to Kathleen Gundrum who has served so ably as Nylink’s Interim Executive Director during these past eight months. Kathy provided the necessary leadership to not only keep the ship afloat, but to sail Nylink through some rough seas. In the midst of that, she was also an invaluable support to the work of the Nylink Executive Director Search Committee.”

NYSHEI welcomes Dr. Penniman to Nylink and looks forward to working with him.

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