Search begins for library dean

The search for the next dean of the university library is underway. Senior vice president and provost Jonathan Wickert has named a search committee to seek a successor to Olivia Madison who, since Sept. 1, is serving as special assistant to the provost.

Search committee co-chairs are Dawn Bratsch-Prince, associate provost for faculty; and David Spalding, Raisbeck Endowed Dean of the College of Business. Megan Peterson, administrative specialist in the provost’s office, will assist the committee with its work.

Search committee

Additional members of the search committee include:

  • April Anderson, doctoral student, School of Education
  • Michael Belding, graduate student, history
  • Lynne Carey, director, Ames Public Library
  • Hilary Deike, human resources, library
  • Jesse Garrison, librarian, library
  • Emily Godbey, associate professor, integrated studio arts
  • Ed Goedeken, professor, library
  • Shelley Hawkins, business manager, library
  • Chris King, associate dean, library
  • Brad Kuennen, associate, library
  • Jeff Kushkowski, associate professor, library
  • Lorraine Pellack, associate professor, library
  • Alex Ramirez, associate professor, veterinary diagnostic and production animal medicine
  • Stephani Scherbart, library assistant, library
  • Michael Snook, junior, computer engineering
  • Jonathan Sturm, professor, music, and adviser to the interim dean
  • Chris Sweet, systems support specialist, library
  • Kelly Thompson, librarian, library

The committee will start its work immediately, and is working with the Greenwood/Asher and Associates search firm to identify candidates. Nominations for the position may be submitted to Bratsch-Prince, ( or Spalding (

Joyce Garnett, university librarian emeritus at Western University, London, Ontario, is serving as interim dean.