Frank Quinn, Ph.D., has been named as Lenoir-Rhyne University's new dean of University library services. He assumed the role on July 1, after the retirement of Rita Johnson who previously served in the position for seven years.
Prior to his appointment at LR, Quinn served as director of Ryan Library at Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego, California, since 2006. In this role, Quinn provided collection oversight and management of a 170,000-vollume collection and guided a library staff of 11. His leadership helped increase the number of accessible subscription databases from 38 to 80. Quinn also led an initiative to improve faculty handbook language for librarian promotion and the tenure process, and he planned and coordinated two major renovations to the library, among other accomplishments.
In his role as LR's dean of University library services, Quinn will be responsible for promoting excellence through the proactive and strategic administration of the University Libraries. LR's University Libraries include the Carl A. Rudisill Library in Hickory, the Lineberger Memorial Library on LR's campus in Columbia, South Carolina, and the Asheville Center Library on LR's campus in Asheville, North Carolina. Quinn will provide overall leadership, direction, communication, coordination, and assessment of the University Libraries as a whole.
"I'm excited to be a part of Lenoir-Rhyne University and look forward to continuing the libraries' strong tradition of outstanding resources and services," Quinn said. "At the same time, I'm excited to begin work to enhance library spaces and further develop information literacy instruction in order to nurture learning opportunities for the entire University community."