HAYS, KS - The Division of Academic Affairs at Fort Hays State University has announced the appointment of John Ross as director of Forsyth Library.
In early January the search committee began the screening process on more than 20 candidates from which four finalists were selected for interviews. Additional evaluation and inquiries based on the committee's work resulted in the final decision.
Prior to this appointment, Ross spent a year as the library's interim director following the resignation of Lawrence Caylor. Along with that position, Ross has held many jobs at FHSU including assistant to the provost, director of assessment and accreditation and director of the University Card Center. He has been employed at FHSU since March 1989.
Ross received his B.A. in English in 1989 and his M.A. in political science in 1994, both from FHSU. As a condition to his contract, Ross has agreed to acquire an advanced degree in library science/information resources.
FHSU Provost Dr. Larry Gould said he is confident the additional degree will be helpful for Ross.
"Completion of a current degree should be a valuable complement to the experience and outstanding job performed by John during his year as interim director."
Several changes and improvements were made inside Forsyth Library during the interim year. Physical changes such as painting, remodeling and the addition of new furniture have helped to give the library a user-friendly atmosphere.
Other changes to the library include the addition of a "Friends of the Library" advisory and support group which helps the library staff to make decisions which will best improve the quality of materials and service.
Gould showed his support of the changes being implemented at Forsyth Library.
"I know the library staff is developing a strategic plan and several new policies to better serve the university learning community. I am certain that John and the staff are interested in bringing services and the experience of patrons to a higher level of quality."