Executive Director, Gwinnett County Public Library
Charles became Executive Director of Gwinnett County Public Library (GCPL) in 2014. A Texas native, he received his BA and MLS at the University of North Texas. He was a Reference Librarian at the Brooklyn and Dallas Public Libraries, then Branch Manager at the Houston and Chicago Public Libraries. Later, he was the Director of the public libraries in St. Louis County, Missouri, and Fargo, North Dakota. A presenter at many conferences and other library events, Charles was named a Library Journal Mover & Shaker in 2006, and he received the Public Library Association’s John Iliff Award in 2017. Under Charles’ leadership at GCPL, the library was named in 2017 and 2018 a Top Workplace by the Atlanta Journal Constitution and a Top Innovator by the Urban Libraries Council.