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Week of July 9, 2012

Search committee named for Bentley Historical Library director

Provost Phil Hanlon has named a search committee for the next director of the Bentley Historical Library.

Rackham Graduate School Dean Janet Weiss will chair the committee, which is charged with recommending candidates to replace Francis X. Blouin Jr., who is leaving his post as director in August 2013 after 35 years. He will return to his role as professor in the Department of History and the School of Information.

The majority of the library’s current executive committee and others will serve as the search advisory committee, according to an email from Weiss. The committee includes:

• Paul Courant, university librarian and dean of libraries.

• Mary Kelley, Ruth Bordin Collegiate Professor of History.

• Laura Patterson, associate vice president and chief information officer.

• Chris Whitman, vice provost for academic and faculty affairs, and Francis A. Allen Collegiate Professor of Law.

• Cynthia Wilbanks, vice president for government relations and special advisor to the president.

“We hope to identify a new director during the coming academic year to take the reins from Professor Fran Blouin when he concludes his term next summer,” Weiss wrote. “I look forward to the selection of a new director who will continue the intellectual and educational activities important to the future of the Bentley Historical Library and to the University of Michigan more broadly.”

To recommend candidates or ask questions of committee members, send an email to



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