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Libraries Director to Leave Emory in July

By Nicholas Sommariva Posted: 04/12/2012
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Rick Luce, Emory’s vice provost and director of libraries, will leave the University, effective July 6, and will become the dean of libraries and associate vice president for research at University of Oklahoma (Okla.), according to an April 4 Emory Report article.
Luce has served as his current position since August 2006.

Before he accepted his position at Emory, Luce was the research library director at Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico where he managed a world-class scientific research library with a $12.5 million budget, according to a June 28, 2006 University press release which announced Luce’s arrival to the University.

According to the 2006 press release, Emory University Provost Early Lewis said that he and the University were thrilled to have Luce as a member of the faculty.

“Without question Rick Luce is the perfect leader to steward the library during its next phase of development,” Lewis said.

Luce was unavailable for comment by press time.

His responsibilities at Emory have included managing the Woodruff, business and chemistry libraries as well as the Manuscripts and Rare Books Library (MARBL) and the Music and Media Library, according to the University’s website.

Luce is also responsible for coordinating the University-wide library policy for health, law, theology and Oxford libraries, according to the website.

According to the Emory Report article, Luce will also serve as a professor at OU, as the Peggy V. Helmerich Chair and associate vice president for research at the OU Norman campus.

“[Luce’s] tenure with Emory has been a productive and distinguished one in a role that grows ever more critical in advancing research and education,” Earl Lewis, Emory’s provost and executive vice president for academic affairs, explained in the report. “Without questions, Rick is a visionary and international leader. He brought to Emory a keen sense of its rich traditions and a clear sense of its promise of even greater distinctiveness.”

The report also mentioned Luce’s leadership in supporting the digital humanities as well as his work in “enhancing and integrating support for the health sciences in the University’s libraries.”

In an April 4 University of Oklahoma press release, OU President David Boren said that the University is looking forward to having Luce fill the position.

“Rick Luce is widely recognized as one of the most outstanding leaders in the field of library administration in the entire nation,” Boren said in the press release.

According to the OU press release, Luce will fill the position being vacated by the school’s current library dean Sul Lee, who announced his plans to retire last year after serving as dean for more than 30 years. His resignation is effective June 30.

A search committee will be formed to find Luce’s successor, according to the article.

— Contact Nicholas Sommariva.

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