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KU Libraries announces naming gift for departing Dean Lorraine Haricombe

Monday, December 15, 2014

haricombe GalleryKU Libraries recently announced the naming of the “Haricombe Gallery” in recognition of the nearly eight years of leadership by Dean Lorraine J. Haricombe, who will depart KU in mid-December for a new position as vice provost and director of the University of Texas Libraries.

The Haricombe Gallery in Watson Library is home to the KU Libraries exhibition program. The program, created under Haricombe’s guidance, promotes the creative scholarship of the KU campus community and highlights the benefits of interdisciplinary collaboration.

The naming was made possible by a consortium of donors, who contributed gifts in honor of Haricombe.

“In the past eight years, we have seen significant growth within the libraries’ fundraising efforts as a result of Dean Haricombe’s leadership,” said Gerald Lillian, chair of the KU Libraries Board of Advocates, a group of more than 30 friends and benefactors who work with the dean to ensure the libraries have the fiscal resources needed to support this campus.

“These efforts, which have secured numerous enhancements and achievements for campus, are the direct result of the meaningful relationships Dean Haricombe has built with our most important constituents—alumni, donors and leaders across campus, as well as the thousands of faculty, staff and students who rely on the resources and services offered by KU Libraries,” said Lillian. “Now, in recognition of Dean Haricombe’s service to KU, these constituents have come together in a remarkable show of support.”

The announcement of the naming was made by Lillian and Kala Stroup, chair emerita of Board of Advocates, at a special event honoring Haricombe, held on the KU campus on Dec. 2nd.  Photos from the event are available online at

“I was deeply touched and humbled by the announcement of the Haricombe Gallery,” said Haricombe. “I have had so many joyous moments in the gallery, a space that serves as the intellectual commons and as social gathering space at KU. To say that I was surprised by the announcement is an understatement; I was wholly overwhelmed by the naming of the gallery in my honor.”

Those who wish to make a gift in Haricombe’s honor are invited to contact Rebecca Smith, KU Libraries’ executive director of communications and advancement, at or 785-864-1761.

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