Libraries Dean Search

The University of Kentucky is conducting a national search for a transformative leader to serve as Dean of Libraries. With one of the nation’s largest book endowments for public university libraries, UK Libraries plays a vital role in ensuring student success, as well as enhancing the intellectual and economic capital – both on campus and beyond. The Dean will lead with passion, creativity and excellence to cultivate an interactive environment for interdisciplinary discovery and research, while transforming our libraries into hubs of life-long learning. This position will work collaboratively with library and academic leadership, to direct the college and support the goals of Kentucky’s flagship, land-grant University’s strategic plan.


Candidate Visits

The search committee has selected three finalists who will visit campus, participate in open forums, and meet with constituent groups in the UK community. The forums will take place at the following dates and times. Candidates' names and CVs will be uploaded 48 business hours in advance. Community members will have the opportunity to provide anonymous feedback on the qualities of the candidates through this website. All feedback should be submitted by 3 p.m., on Wednesday, March 28. 


Joe Salem Open Forum: Monday, March 19, from 4-5 p.m. in the Great Hall of the Margaret I. King Library

Click here to view CV. 

Click here to provide anonymous feedback.


David Goldsmith Open Forum: Thursday, March 22, from 4-5 p.m. in the Great Hall of the Margaret I. King Library

Click here to view CV.

Click here to provide anonymous feedback.


Shali Zhang Open Forum: Monday, March 26, from 4-5 p.m. in the Great Hall of the Margaret I. King Library

Click here to view CV. 

Click here to provide anonymous feedback.


Leadership Profile 

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Search Committee

Your feedback and input is invaluable to this process. If you have any questions or would like to provide comments, feel free to contact the search committee members: 

  • Stacey Greenwell, Libraries, Co-Chair
  • David A. Brennen, College of Law, Co-Chair
  • Sonja Feist-Price, Vice President, Institutional Diversity 
  • Ann Hammond, Community Representative
  • Melissa Henke, College of Law
  • Paula Hickner, Libraries
  • Troy Martin, Libraries
  • Valerie Perry, Libraries
  • Christie Peters, Libraries
  • Gabe Tomlin, Student Representative



This search is being supported by UK’s Executive Search Team. For further information about the search process or to nominate a potential candidate, please contact Mary Beth Bracken at 859-257-3348 or via email at


We appreciate your insights, and we will continue to share updates throughout the process.