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Richard A. Detweiler Named CLIR Interim President

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CLIR Press Release:



For Immediate Release: July 30, 2003

Contact: Kathlin Smith 202-939-4754

Richard A. Detweiler Named CLIR Interim President

Washington, D.C.—The Board of the Council on Library and Information
Resources (CLIR) is pleased to announce the appointment of Richard A.
Detweiler as its interim president, effective August 1. Mr. Detweiler served
as president and professor of psychology at Hartwick College in Oneonta, New
York, from 1992 through June 2003. Earlier this year he was named a
distinguished fellow by CLIR to develop new approaches to enhancing the
effectiveness and efficiency of liberal education. He has also been involved
in other CLIR projects, including serving as co-dean, with Deanna Marcum, of
the Frye Leadership Institute since its inception in 2000. The Frye
Institute educates administrators and faculty about the broad range of
issues affecting the future of higher education.

A social psychologist by training, Mr. Detweiler was appointed to the
faculty of Drew University in 1973. He subsequently moved into
administrative roles, ultimately as a vice president with responsibilities
for planning and information technology. He has long been committed to the
effective use of information resources for teaching, learning, and
scholarship. Twenty years ago he was responsible for Drew becoming the first
liberal arts institution to provide computers for every student. He carried
this interest over to his presidency at Hartwick College, where ubiquitous
computing and networking was implemented a decade ago.

CLIR Board Chairman Stanley Chodorow, in making the announcement, said: “We
are delighted that Rick has agreed to add the interim presidency to his CLIR
assignment. He is working on an important project examining the
possibilities of making a liberal arts education more meaningful by coupling
it with the power of information technology. That intellectual interest,
along with his commitment to the Frye Leadership Institute, will serve CLIR

Deanna Marcum, outgoing president of CLIR, commented: “It is gratifying to
know that Rick Detweiler will assume leadership responsibility for CLIR. He
has been central to the success of the Frye Leadership Institute, and his
distinguished fellowship this year goes to the heart of CLIR’s agenda:
connecting information resources and services with the academic enterprise.
I applaud the Board’s decision.”

Mr. Detweiler holds master’s and doctoral degrees in social psychology from
Princeton University and a bachelor’s degree from California Western
University (now the United States International University). He has also
been very active in promoting a global academic community, working on
numerous education, training, and research projects in the United States and

The Council on Library and Information Resources is an independent,
nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the management of information
for research, teaching, and learning. CLIR works to expand access to
information, however recorded and preserved, as a public good.


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