Officials from the Office of Commonwealth Libraries announced that Secretary of Education Pedro Rivera and Governor Tom Wolf have appointed Glenn Miller as Deputy Secretary/Commissioner for Libraries/State Librarian. Glenn will assume his position on September 8, 2015.
As the Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Library Association (PaLA) for 20 years, Glenn has grown the organization in significant ways, making it a credible voice and a force in PA for libraries and the services they provide. He articulately advocates for and communicates about libraries to a myriad of audiences, and is a skillful, respected leader in the library community and in the government of PA. Glenn has a thorough understanding of the fiscal environment, as well as the complexity of library and government structures in Pennsylvania.
Glenn’s mix of experience and skills are exceptional. As Deputy Secretary / Commissioner for Libraries / State Librarian, Glenn will be able to effectively lead the Office of Commonwealth Libraries, strengthening our state’s libraries and taking them into the future; support the goals and priorities of the Pennsylvania Department of Education; and make a difference—through libraries—in the lives of Pennsylvania residents. He has a clear, compelling vision for libraries as an integral part of the education and economic infrastructure of the Commonwealth, as contributors to society and in the quality of life for all PA residents.
“I’m grateful to Governor Wolf and Secretary Rivera for entrusting me with this responsibility,” Glenn said after he was appointed. “After 20 years with PaLA, it’s a great blessing and a real joy to continue working with Pennsylvania’s libraries in what for me will be a new and exciting role. My goal is for all Pennsylvania libraries—public, school, academic, and special—to be more fully integrated into our state’s educational and economic future. To the best of my ability, I will pursue every opportunity to advance library services as educational and community assets, vital cogs in an overall strategy to improve literacy and move PA forward.”
During the five months prior to Miller’s appointment, Alice Lubrecht and Brian Dawson served as acting deputy secretaries. Lubrecht has returned to her position as director of the Bureau of State Library, and Dawson has returned to his position as director of the Bureau of Library Development.
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Mary Ann Heltshe-Steinhauer