For Immediate Release: July 30, 2003
Contact: Kathlin Smith 202-939-4754
RICHARD A. DETWEILER NAMED CLIR INTERIM PRESIDENT
Washington, D.C.-The Board of the Council on Library and Information
Resources (CLIR) is pleased to announce the appointment of Richard A.
Detweiler as its interim president, effective August 1. Mr. Detweiler
served as president and professor of psychology at Hartwick College in
Oneonta, New York, from 1992 through June 2003. Earlier this year he was
named a distinguished fellow by CLIR to develop new approaches to
enhancing the effectiveness and efficiency of liberal education. He has
also been involved in other CLIR projects, including serving as co-dean,
with Deanna Marcum, of the Frye Leadership Institute since its inception
in 2000. The Frye Institute educates administrators and faculty about
the broad range of issues affecting the future of higher education.
A social psychologist by training, Mr. Detweiler was appointed to the
faculty of Drew University in 1973. He subsequently moved into
administrative roles, ultimately as a vice president with
responsibilities for planning and information technology. He has long
been committed to the effective use of information resources for
teaching, learning, and scholarship. Twenty years ago he was responsible
for Drew becoming the first liberal arts institution to provide
computers for every student. He carried this interest over to his
presidency at Hartwick College, where ubiquitous computing and
networking was implemented a decade ago.
CLIR Board Chairman Stanley Chodorow, in making the announcement, said:
"We are delighted that Rick has agreed to add the interim presidency to
his CLIR assignment. He is working on an important project examining the
possibilities of making a liberal arts education more meaningful by
coupling it with the power of information technology. That intellectual
interest, along with his commitment to the Frye Leadership Institute,
will serve CLIR well."
Deanna Marcum, outgoing president of CLIR, commented: "It is gratifying
to know that Rick Detweiler will assume leadership responsibility for
CLIR. He has been central to the success of the Frye Leadership
Institute, and his distinguished fellowship this year goes to the heart
of CLIR's agenda: connecting information resources and services with the
academic enterprise. I applaud the Board's decision."
Mr. Detweiler holds master's and doctoral degrees in social psychology
from Princeton University and a bachelor's degree from California
Western University (now the United States International University). He
has also been very active in promoting a global academic community,
working on numerous education, training, and research projects in the
United States and abroad.
The Council on Library and Information Resources is an independent,
nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the management of
information for research, teaching, and learning. CLIR works to expand
access to information, however recorded and preserved, as a public good.
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