The University of Kansas Libraries announced today that Deb Ludwig has resigned from her position as assistant dean of innovation and strategy to accept the position of dean of Forsyth Library at Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kansas. She will begin her duties at FHSU on August 11th, reporting to the Provost and serving on the President’s Cabinet.
“I’d like to recognize Deb for her nearly 14 years of outstanding service to KU Libraries,” said Lorraine J. Haricombe, dean of KU Libraries. “During her tenure, Deb exhibited strong leadership and vision, launching the Center for Digital Scholarship and blazing a trail that ensured our strong position in this area today. She was instrumental in establishing the Institute for Digital Research in the Humanities, an ever-evolving partnership with KU’s Hall Center for the Humanities and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.”
Ludwig was also the catalyst for a regional conversation about collaborative and inter-institutional data management, serving as the principal investigator for a successful IMLS planning grant with regional universities affiliated with GWLA and GPN. Last year, Ludwig was appointed to lead KU Libraries’ new Innovation & Strategy division, wherein she launched the libraries’ assessment program with her division colleagues.
In her new role, Ludwig will lead Forsyth Library for Fort Hays State University, which enrolls more than 13,000 students, including over 8,000 through the university’s virtual campus. “I am grateful for the opportunity I have had at KU to grow as a professional,” said Ludwig. “I am excited for the future of the KU Libraries, and I look forward to staying in touch from the other side of Kansas as I begin the next phase of my professional journey.”
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