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Foster named Dean of Libraries

Constance “Connie” Foster will take the interim off of her title at WKU starting Dec. 1.

Connie Foster

Connie Foster

After a comprehensive national search, Foster has been selected as Dean of the University Libraries at WKU. She has been the Interim Dean since March 2011.

“As Interim Dean, Professor Foster has amply demonstrated her ability to lead the WKU Libraries during a period of substantial and significant change, including the formation of the Library Systems Office and the imminent opening of the Information Commons,” Provost Gordon Emslie said. “I am confident that she will continue to move the Libraries forward in this era of ongoing transformational change in the way that a university library serves both internal and external constituents.”

Foster came to WKU in 1978 as a data/book processing supervisor, working her way to Head of the Department of Library Technical Services and Serials Coordinator in 2002. She is a tenured professor in the Department of Library Technical Services. She has a bachelor’s degree from Belmont College in Nashville and master’s degrees from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville and Vanderbilt University.

“I am so very pleased to accept this key leadership position that has challenges and unparalleled opportunities to shape student-centered initiatives and to meet research needs for a dynamic academic community,” Foster said. “I look forward to engaging in strategic actions that will shape a 21st century library at WKU.”

Dr. Emslie said that during her tenure as Interim Dean, Foster led University Libraries through a period of substantial change, including the formation of the Library System Office, the imminent opening of the Information Commons, and the formal separation of the Kentucky Museum and Library Special Collections department.

Contact: Gordon Emslie, (270) 745-2297.

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