Maureen Sullivan, an organization development consultant, has been elected to the 2012-13 presidency of the American Library Association (ALA).
Sullivan defeated Susan Stroyan, information services librarian at the Ames Library at Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, Ill.
Sullivan received 5,259 votes. Stroyan received 3,642 votes.
“I am humbled and honored to have been elected to serve the dynamic profession of librarianship,” Sullivan said. “I look forward to working with Sue Stroyan and other members who will help ALA lead the 21st century information revolution.”
Stroyan extended her congratulations to Sullivan. “It has been a pleasure being her opponent in this campaign,” she said. “I admire her and believe she will be a wonderful ALA President. Having been asked to run for such an esteemed position is very much a win for me. This year has been remarkable, especially for the opportunity to meet new people and rekindle old acquaintances. I want to thank Illinois Wesleyan University for all the support it gave me and the many friends and family who believed in me. Thanks to everyone involved in ALA and ALA-APA for giving me this opportunity. I’ll never forget your kindnesses, your generosity and your sincere commitment to this magnificent profession.”
Sullivan will become president-elect in June 2011, and will assume the ALA presidency in June 2012, following the ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim, Calif. She will serve a one-year term as president and a one-year term as immediate past president.
The complete announcement mentions some of Sullivan’s accomplishments and honors.