Dean Candidates, University Libraries

The Search

Wichita State University (WSU), the premier urban, public research university in Kansas, seeks a visionary, engaged, and collaborative leader to be the next Dean of University Libraries. Founded in 1895, WSU has a keen focus on student success, applied learning, and innovative faculty with a deep commitment to the Wichita community as a driver in talent development and economic prosperity. It is a growth-minded university, on an impressive trajectory, where collaboration and creativity shape the future of education, with an entrepreneurial spirit embedded in its foundation.

Wichita State University is one of the nation’s fastest-growing public research universities, and the University Libraries play a vital role in WSU’s growth and continued attention to excellent scholarship and student engagement. The new Dean will take the helm of a library system poised for advancement opportunities that align with the University’s overall strategic plan. Continuous digital delivery of the Libraries’ collections, ensuring access to ground-breaking and highly reliable technology, and building and maintaining a highly collaborative and accessible collection of educational facilities remain the highest priority for university library staff and faculty, and the new Dean will work to develop a vision that aligns with those priorities.

The Dean’s primary responsibility is to promote and advance a learning environment that encourages creativity, research, scholarship, and student success, while ensuring the continued use and adoption of emerging technological advances to enhance library services and resources. As the chief administrative and budgetary officer for the Libraries, the Dean is committed to building collections appropriate for academic and professional programs. The Dean plays a vital role in working with WSU faculty, students, staff, alumni, public patrons, and the Libraries’ donors and stakeholders and will be well-rounded in their approach to building these crucial relationships. A deep personal commitment to and demonstrated track record of actively supporting and promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion is a priority. As a Dean’s Council member, the Dean engages with the Provost, Vice Provost for Research, the academic deans, and other campus leaders. The Dean will define the role of WSU Libraries in accelerating the University's growth as a major research institution and in collaboration with other units at the institution, with particular attention on innovation and digital transformation. As WSU is a member of the Kansas Board of Regents (KBOR), the Dean will capitalize on the potential to engage in innovative collaborations with other universities across the state.

Wichita State University has retained Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, to assist the Dean of the University Libraries Search Committee in its identification and review of candidates. Inquiries, referrals, and resumes accompanied by a cover letter should be submitted via the search page on the Isaacson, Miller website.

Robin Dougherty, Managing Associate
Clay Batley, Associate
Isaacson, Miller
Washington, D.C.

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Search Committee Contact Information

Committee Chair

Kimberly Engber
Dorothy and Bill Cohen Honors College, Dean, 316-978-3375

Library Department Faculty Reps  

Ginger Williams
Professor and Senior Coordinator of Collections Strategies and Development  

Susan Matveyeva
Associate Professor and Cataloging and Institutional Repository Librarian 

Nancy Deyoe
Associate Dean for Technical Services and Associate Professor 

Ethan Lindsay
Humanities and Social Sciences Librarian and Assistant Professor

Angela Paul
Instruction and Outreach and Teaching Professor

Library Staff

Stephanie Versch
Acquisitions and Digital Resources Specialist

Library Student Representatives

Hafsa Sadaf- Engineering (Undergrad)
Aishwarya Srinivas- Graduate School

WSU Foundation   

Amy Tully
Director of Development, Fairmount Liberal Arts & Sciences

WSU Faculty Representative

Rocio del Aguila
 Associate Professor and Graduate Studies Coordinator, Modern & Classical Language & Literature

WSU Chief Diversity Officer 

Marche Fleming-Randle
Vice President/Chief Diversity Officer and Director Military and Veteran Programs