Focus On The Board: Recent Changes
METRO Board of Trustees President Heike Kordish recently completed her term as President of the Board, and Board of Trustee Norman J. Jacknis—who previously served as Vice President—has become Board President.
Heike Kordish held the position of Board President for five years. During that time, she provided outstanding leadership in many aspects of METRO’s development. This includes her involvement as Chair of METRO’s Strategic Planning Committee and her work on ensuring the board’s smooth transition from a professional board to a lay board. Ms. Kordish served as the Director of The Humanities and Social Sciences Libraries at The New York Public Library until her retirement last year. We are fortunate that Ms. Kordish will continue to serve on the board in the capacity of Immediate Past President.
We are equally fortunate that Dr. Jacknis has agreed to become METRO’s Board President. Dr. Jacknis first joined METRO’s Board in 2005; he chairs the Governance Committee and is a member of the Strategic Planning Committee. He is currently the Director of CISCO Internet Business Solutions Group. Prior to that, he served as Chief Information Officer for Westchester County and was the Commissioner for the Department of Information Technology located in White Plains, New York (1998-2007). Dr. Jacknis received his Doctorate, Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees from Princeton University. He is a past president of the New York State Association of Library Boards and of the Westchester Library System. He is a member and Vice-Chair of the Regents Advisory Council on Libraries, which advises the Regents on library policy, works with the officers of the State Education Department in developing a comprehensive statewide library and information policy, and makes recommendations to the Regents concerning the implementation of library services and programs.
We are also pleased to announce other changes in the slate of Board of Trustees officers. Former Board Secretary Jeffery Olson (Associate Vice President for Online Learning and Services, and Director of Library and Information Science at St. John’s University) will become the Board’s Vice President. Patricia L. Francy—Treasurer and Controller (Retired) of Columbia University—will assume the role of Board Secretary. Hal F. Higginbotham (CEO and Senior Vice President, The College Board) will continue as METRO’s Board Treasurer.
In other news, Board of Trustees member Peter Derrick (Archivist, The Bronx County Historical Society) completed his three-year term of service on the board and the board welcomed its newest member, Dr. LaRuth Gray. A retired School Superintendent for Abbott Union School District, Dr. Gray is appointed Scholar-in-Residence and serves as Chair of the Executive Council of the Metropolitan Center for Urban Education at NYU’s School of Culture, Education and Development. Dr. Gray was elected to METRO’s Board at our 2008 annual meeting in October.