University of South Carolina — Dean of Libraries

University of South Carolina
Dean of Libraries

The University of South Carolina seeks a visionary, strategic, and collaborative leader to bring a forward-looking and innovative approach, informed by diversity, equity, and inclusion, as the next Dean of Libraries. The successful candidate for this role will be an experienced leader with a keen understanding of national and international trends in academic research libraries. The next Dean will have the opportunity to guide the University Libraries towards the University's goal to join the Association of American Universities by working with the Libraries' faculty and staff to collectively articulate a clear vision for the future and commit to a participative strategic planning process that will help transition the library to meet evolving research and student needs.

The University
Founded in 1801, the University of South Carolina (UofSC) is the flagship institution of the University of South Carolina System – the leading educator for the state, serving more than 52,000 students across eight campuses. It is located in the capital city of Columbia, SC, which boasts a community of approximately 800,000 residents, multiple Fortune 500 companies, and a thriving arts scene.

More than 35,300 students enrolled at UofSC Columbia in fall 2021, hailing from more than 90 nations.

UofSC is a Carnegie Tier I Research Institution with research expenditures exceeding $200 million in 2020 and in 2021, researchers at the university secured 20 sponsored awards of $1 million or more each. Among the 114 research centers and institutes hosted by UofSC, there are five prestigious centers for research excellence that receive more than $96 million in federal funding.

About the Position
Reporting directly to the Provost and sitting on the Council of Academic Deans, the Dean of the University Libraries is the chief administrator over a complex organizational structure with multiple facilities, collections, and a large and diverse faculty and professional staff. The Dean will supervise the University Libraries' budget; lead the recruitment and retention of excellent librarians and professional staff; advance diversity, equity, and inclusion; and serve as the chief advocate and fundraiser for the Libraries. The dean must understand and balance the needs of all areas with an overarching focus on how library culture and functions must shift with the needs and practices of students and research faculty. The ideal candidate for this role will be well-connected within the profession and active in professional associations for research libraries, with broad connections across the field. Additionally, this is an exciting time to join the UofSC, as the Dean of Libraries would be part of a large cohort of new senior leadership, including a new provost and several academic deans.

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Nominations and applications should be sent to Only applications received by April 4, 2022 can be assured full consideration. Assisting UofSC with this search are Eric Richtmyer ( and Mahauganee Shaw ( Nominators and prospective applicants may reach out directly, via email or by calling 202-332-4049, to arrange a confidential discussion about this opportunity.

The University of South Carolina does not discriminate in educational or employment opportunities on the basis of race, sex, gender, gender identity, transgender status, age, color, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, genetics, protected veteran status, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions.