After many interviews and meetings, the Allen County Public Library board decided on a new director Friday.
Greta Southard, 54, director of the Boone County Public Library in Burlington, Kentucky, will take over the position from Jeff Krull, who will retire Sept. 1 after 28 years as ACPL director.
“Our entire board was extremely impressed with Greta Southard’s varied professional experience and solid track record of successful organizational leadership,” board President Martin Seifert said.
Southard will oversee operations in the main library downtown as well as its 13 branches and the Genealogy Center.
Southard has been in her current position since 2009 and has also served as executive director of the Public Library Association, a division of the American Library Association in Chicago.
Before that, she was an account executive with Mead Data Central in Cincinnati and Chicago.
Southard comes to the library with a deep understanding of the issues facing public libraries in a fast-changing social and technological environment, Seifert said.
“Through her leadership of the Public Library Association, she became well-acquainted with library leaders throughout the country and forged connections that will benefit our library,” he said.
Southard’s ability to work with staff, board members and community leaders was demonstrated at the Boone County Public Library, where she built collaborative relationships and partnerships, Seifert said.
“We feel Greta is the ideal person to lead our stellar library system to even greater achievements in the years ahead,” he said.
Southard’s salary will be $140,000.
Her starting date has not been decided, Seifert said.
Southard was chosen from a pool of candidates from across the country.
Board members worked with the executive search firm of John Keister & Associates in Chicago.