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Four new members take seats on OCLC Board of Trustees

DUBLIN, Ohio, 10 November 2014—Four new members participated in their first OCLC Board of Trustees meeting today in Dublin: Brady J. Deaton, Chancellor Emeritus, University of Missouri; Kathleen Keane, Director, Johns Hopkins University Press; John F. Szabo, City Librarian of the Los Angeles Public Library; and Ellen Tise, Senior Director, Library and Information Services, Stellenbosch University South Africa.

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Brady J. Deaton was Chancellor of the University of Missouri from 2004-2013 and now serves in emeritus status and as Director of the Deaton Institute for University Leadership in International Development at Missouri. He was appointed Chair of the Board for International Food and Agricultural Development by President Obama in 2011, and reappointed in 2012 for a four year term.

Dr. Deaton earned a bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics and a master of arts degree in diplomacy and international commerce at the University of Kentucky. He received a master of science and doctorate degrees in agricultural economics from the University of Wisconsin in 1972. He also served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Thailand, from 1962-1964, where he taught vocational agriculture in the Thai language.

He has worked in many countries to strengthen their capacity for agricultural and economic development, and has received three honorary degrees from universities in Thailand and Korea. He was elected to the Missouri Cooperatives Hall of Fame and received the Missourian Award in 2014. He is a recipient of the Malone Award from the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities for furthering international education in public higher education, was a member of the board of the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center throughout his time as Chancellor, and served on the International Committee of the Association of American Universities (AAU). In April, 2014, Dr. Deaton served as a “Distinguished Guest in Residence” at New York University.

Dr. Deaton, who was appointed by the Board, replaces Bernadette Gray-Little, Chancellor, University of Kansas, whose term expired after serving five years on the Board.

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Kathleen Keane, Director, Johns Hopkins University Press, leads a multifaceted organization widely recognized for driving innovation in scholarly publishing. One of the largest university presses in the United States, the JHU Press combines traditional books and journals publishing units with cutting-edge service divisions that sustain diversity and independence among nonprofit, scholarly publishers, societies and associations.

Prior to joining Johns Hopkins, Ms. Keane held leadership positions in commercial medical publishing. She served as Executive Vice President at Harcourt Health Sciences and at its predecessor, W. B. Saunders Company, and was Business Manager and Vice President, Finance at J.B. Lippincott Co.

Ms. Keane currently sits on the Board of Directors of CrossRef. She served as President (2009-2010) and Board Member (2007-2011) of the Association of American University Presses.

She holds a bachelor’s degree from Connecticut College, a master’s in English from The Catholic University of America, and an MBA from the Darden School at the University of Virginia.

Ms. Keane, who was appointed by the Board, replaces Ed Barry, President Emeritus, Oxford University Press, whose term expired after serving 12 years on the Board.

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John F. Szabo is the City Librarian of the Los Angeles Public Library, which serves over 4 million people—the largest population of any public library in the United States. He oversees the Central Library, 72 branches and the library’s $143 million budget.

Mr. Szabo has more than 20 years of leadership experience in public libraries. He has served as Director of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System (2005-2012), Clearwater (Florida) Public Library System (1998-2005), Palm Harbor (Florida) Library (1995-1998), and Robinson (Illinois) Public Library District (1992-1995).

Mr. Szabo received his master’s degree in information and library studies at University of Michigan and his bachelor’s degree in telecommunications from University of Alabama.

He is a former member of the Executive Board of the Urban Libraries Council, a past president of the Florida Library Association, and past president of the Tampa Bay Library Consortium Board of Directors.

Mr. Szabo has served as an OCLC Global Council Delegate. He was elected to the Board of Trustees by Global Council in April 2014, and replaces Tony Ferguson, Academic Library and Information Consultant, whose term expired after six years on the Board.

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Ellen Tise is Senior Director, Library and Information Services at Stellenbosch University South Africa since January 2006. She previously held positions at the University of the Western Cape from 2001–2005, and at the University of the Witwatersrand from 1996-2000, in South Africa. Ms. Tise was appointed to the UNESCO International Advisory Committee of the Memory of the World for the period 2011-2014. In October 2012, she was appointed Chairman of the Board of the National Library of South Africa from 2012–2015.

She is a Past President of the International Federation of Library Associations & Institutions (IFLA) 2009-2011. She was the first President of the Library and Information Association of South Africa from 1998 – 2002 and served on many other major library and information bodies, including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Access to Learning Award Advisory Committee in 2007, OCLC Members Council from 2005-2008, member of Qatar National Library Board of Trustees since 2013, director of Sabinet Online Board of Directors since 2003, and member of the International Advisory Board of Beacon of Freedom of Expression of Expression from 2012-2014.

Ms Tise was awarded an honorary fellowship of IFLA in August 2012. She has received many other awards for distinguished leadership and outstanding contributions to librarianship.

Ms. Tise was elected to the Board of Trustees by Global Council in April 2014. She will take the seat of Sandy Yee, Dean of University Libraries & School of Library and Information Science, Wayne State University, who had been elected to the Board by Global Council. Ms. Yee was appointed to another term by the Board.

The OCLC Board of Trustees guides the vision of the cooperative, shaping OCLC’s strategy and goals. It also fulfills the fiduciary duty of protecting OCLC’s shared assets and investments. In addition, the Board is responsible for recruiting and working with the OCLC President and CEO, and for monitoring the cooperative through a dedicated audit process. There are currently nine librarians on the 14-member Board of Trustees.

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