Dean of the Libraries

Radford University, a thriving, comprehensive public university of more than 10,000 students located in Radford, Virginia, invites nominations and applications for an accomplished and visionary leader to serve as the dean of libraries. The dean of the libraries is responsible for the overall management and development of library goals, services, collections, technology, budget, and faculty and staff, and provides leadership in assessing and addressing the information needs of Radford University.

With an attractive main campus comprised of state-of-the-art facilities located along the New River in Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains, Radford University seeks an innovative and dynamic leader to move the library forward. Reporting to the Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs, the dean serves in the critical role of supporting student and faculty research, scholarship, and the free and open exploration of ideas. Specific services include library instruction, research assistance, interlibrary loan and adaptive technology. The library has a large collection of books, DVDs, journals, archival materials, and multimedia equipment for academic and recreational use. Thousands of electronic resources can be accessed from anywhere in the world.  The diversity of spaces and furnishings allows for everything from individual quiet study spaces to group media rooms.  Library services, collections, and spaces are designed to invite and inspire learning and intellectual and artistic creativity. Radford hosts two libraries, the McConnell Library on the main campus in Radford, and the Roanoke based Radford University Carilion Library.

The ideal candidate will have experience as a leader in an academic library environment, demonstrating the understanding of the complexity of an academic library which is responsible for providing information resources for research and scholarly work. The candidate should have a master’s degree in library or information sciences from an ALA accredited program, or equivalent program. The candidate should have thorough knowledge of academic library principles, practices, and procedures and a comprehensive understanding of a university environment; excellent communication and interpersonal skills; ability to provide strong and supportive leadership for all employees, along with experience in staff development and team-building; experience with budgets, grants, and fundraising; experience advocating for a library at a state level; experience with shared governance; experience with supporting distance education programs; and hands-on experience in multiple areas of library work.

It is preferred that the selected candidate will have knowledge of forward-looking academic libraries and developing trends in the field; passion for progressive library leadership and strategic planning; ability to collaborate effectively with a wide range of constituencies along with a strong service orientation and dedication to library outreach; experience working with a diverse community, and a willingness to support and engage in efforts toward increasing diversity, equity and inclusion; thorough understanding of the relationship between information technology and learning; and experience advocating for a library at a consortial level.

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How to Apply

Greenwood/Asher & Associates, Inc. is assisting the Radford University in this search. Applications and nominations are now being accepted. For a full application package, please include a cover letter, CV, and list of five references. Confidential inquiries, nominations and application materials should be directed to Greenwood/Asher and Associates. Submission of application materials as PDF attachments is strongly encouraged. The search will be conducted with a commitment of confidentiality for candidates until finalists are selected. Initial screening of applications will begin immediately and will continue until an appointment is made.

Please send materials to and also apply through the Radford University website at

Please direct inquiries, nominations, and application materials to:

Betty Asher, Founder, Greenwood/Asher & Associates Vice President & Managing Partner, Kelly

Shelley Sullivan Feather, Senior Executive Search Consultant and Library Practice Leader



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Radford University does not discriminate with regard to race, color, sex, sexual orientation, disability, age, veteran status, national origin, religion, or political affiliation in the administration of its educational programs, activities, admission or employment practices.

This position requires a criminal background check. Therefore, you may be required to provide information about your criminal history in order to be considered for this position.