Dean of the Lyman Beecher Brooks Library

Position Overview

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Norfolk State University, located in Norfolk, Virginia, is pleased to announce its search for the University's next Dean of the Lyman Beecher Brooks Library. The Library seeks a Dean who will provide strong, purposeful and informed intellectual leadership within the Library, across the campus, and in relationships with the external community.  The University also seeks a collaborative leader who has the ability to build partnerships within the university and throughout the community and possesses a clear understanding of national trends in higher education and the academic library profession.

The successful candidate must possess exemplary academic credentials including an earned Master’s degree in Library Science from an American Library Association accredited school and a proven record as a scholar and educator with significant academic learnership experience. The next Dean will demonstrate unquestioned integrity and honesty as well as comprehensive experience in understanding accreditation standards requirements, budget management, and supervising the work of others in different cultures, ages, etc.

Founded in 1935, Norfolk State College was brought to life during the Great Depression. More than 40 years later, university status was attained. Today the University serves approximately 5,100 students and has five academic colleges/schools and 49 degree programs that operate on one campus.

Nominations and Applications

To receive full consideration, materials should be received on or before April 30, 2021.   Candidates are encouraged to review the search profile, which can be accessed above. Additional information about Norfolk State University is available at:

Candidates are asked to submit electronically in Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF:

  1. A letter of interest that directly addresses the responsibilities and requirements described in the position profile;
  2. A curriculum vitae, and
  3. The names, e-mail addresses, and telephone numbers of five references. References will not be contacted without first securing the permission of the candidate.

Applications or nominations can be sent to:

AGB Search is assisting Norfolk State University with this very important search. Candidates are encouraged to reach out to the consultants to discuss this opportunity.

Dr. Gwendolyn Boyd, Executive Search / (301) 538-1019 

Dr. Carlton Brown, Executive Search / (912) 247-8661

Norfolk State University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all applicable Federal and Virginia State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action in its programs and activities. Norfolk State University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, ethnic or national origin, gender, genetic information, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, and veteran's status. Inquiries should be directed to the Office of Institutional Equity, Room 137 Wood Science Bldg, Norfolk, VA 23405. Telephone: 757-823-9084.