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Gaetz Selected as Dean of UW Libraries


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Ivan Gaetz

March 28, 2016 — An experienced scholar and librarian has been named dean of University of Wyoming Libraries.

Ivan Gaetz, currently the library director at Colorado College, will begin his new post at UW July 1, following his appointment by the UW Board of Trustees.

“We are happy that Ivan will be joining us at the University of Wyoming,” Vice President for Academic Affairs David Jones says. “He had expressed a strong interest in our libraries, and we are confident that he will continue to build on the strong foundation that has been built over the last 10 years.”

Gaetz received a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Alberta in 1975; a Master of Divinity degree from the Lutheran Theological Seminary at the University of Saskatchewan in 1978; a Master of Theology degree from Regis College at the University of Toronto in 1985; a master’s degree in library science from the University of Alberta in 1988; a master’s degree in education from the University of Alberta in 1990; and a Ph.D. in educational studies from the University of British Columbia in 2004.

Before becoming library director at Colorado College in 2012, he served as dean of the library at Regis University in Denver from 2001-2012; and library director at Regent College in Vancouver, British Columbia, from 1993-2001. Before that, he held a number of library positions at Columbia University and libraries in Alberta.

“I am thrilled at the prospects of joining the team of educators at the University of Wyoming and of leading its libraries in the next phase of development that advances the mission of the university,” Gaetz says. “With the libraries of UW well-positioned as they are now, the library team of faculty and staff is poised to serve, in ever greater capacity, the students and faculty of the university, the citizens of Wyoming and beyond.”

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