William P. Kelly Named the NYPL Andrew W. Mellon Director of the Research Libraries

Congratulations to Professor William P. Kelly, former interim chancellor of the City University of New York and president of the CUNY Graduate Center, and current chairman of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, who was recently named The New York Public Library’s Andrew W. Mellon Director of the Research Libraries. In spring 2015, Professor Kelly co-taught “Mapping the Futures of Higher Education” with Futures Initiative Director, Professor Cathy N. Davidson.

According to the press release, “Kelly will lead the Library’s four research centers and their 460 staff members—the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture; the Science, Industry and Business Library; the Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center; and the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building on Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street. He will be charged with preserving and expanding the use of the most democratically accessible of research collections, which includes approximately 45 million items and is growing by about 150,000 books per year. Kelly will begin his tenure at NYPL in January, 2016.”

Read the full press release here.