A veteran Kansas University administrator Tuesday announced plans to resign as dean of libraries and vice chancellor for information services.
William Crowe will leave those two positions to assume responsibility in July for the Kenneth Spencer Research Library at KU.
As Spencer librarian, he will oversee a collection of rare books, manuscripts, archives and other original materials, including the Dole Archive. He'll also take a lead role in raising money for KU's libraries and information services.
"After 30 years as a librarian -- the last 20 of them as an administrator -- I look forward to taking on the challenges of the next stage of my career," Crowe said.
Crowe became dean of KU's libraries in 1990. He added duties as vice chancellor for information services three years ago in a major administrative reorganization implemented by KU Chancellor Robert Hemenway.
Hemenway said Crowe had done a "wonderful job" for the university. He said Crowe was interested in a career change and "we'll support that."
Crowe's transfer was to be accompanied by two other administrative changes.
Marilu Goodyear, who has served as associate vice chancellor for information services at KU under Crowe, will be promoted to replace her former boss.
"I am honored to have been selected for this position," she said.
Goodyear is a native of Independence, Mo., and came to KU in 1996 from Texas A&M University. She's been an associate vice chancellor since 1998.
At Texas A&M, Goodyear led the technical implementation of a program that connected 52 public academic libraries in the state.
She earned a doctoral degree in public administration at the University of Colorado-Denver, and two degrees at the University of Missouri.
Meanwhile, the current Spencer librarian recently announced her retirement. Alexandra Mason, who has been at KU for 40 years, plans to leave the university.
A national search will be conducted for a new KU dean of libraries.
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