Wake Forest University has appointed Tim Pyatt as the new dean of the Z. Smith Reynolds Library. Pyatt, who currently serves as the Dorothy Foehr Huck Chair and head of the Eberly Family Special Collections Library at Pennsylvania State University, will begin serving as library dean Aug. 3.
He will succeed Lynn Sutton, who assumed the ZSR library dean helm in 2008 and who became Vice Provost last summer.
“Wake Forest is a top university with a great academic tradition, and the ZSR library is distinguished in the landscape of higher education because of its innovation and continued development in areas of user service thanks to Lynn Sutton,” Pyatt said. “The ZSR Library has been on the map a long time, and it’s one of the most desirable places to work in the field. I’m looking forward to being part of its exciting future.”
Pyatt has served at Pennsylvania State University since 2011, arriving there from Duke University where he was the university archivist in the Perkins Library (2002-2011), associate director of the Rare Book, Manuscript and Special Collections Library (2006-2010), and coordinator of institutional repository services (2010-2011).
Prior to Duke, he was the director of the Southern Historical Collection and Curator of Manuscripts at UNC-Chapel Hill. Pyatt also taught archival administration at UNC in its School of Information and Library Science from 1998 to 2007.
Pyatt has held several elected offices for the Society of American Archivists (SAA), is a past-president of the Society of North Carolina Archivists and was appointed by the governor to serve on the North Carolina State Historical Records Advisory Board from 2000 to 2005. He previously chaired the SAA’s Committee on Ethics and Professional Conduct and is a current member of its governing council. In 2012 he was named a Fellow of the Society for outstanding contributions to the profession.
yatt credits his recent completion of the 18-month Association of Research Libraries (ARL) Leadership Fellows program with giving him the additional confidence to apply for the ZSR Library dean position. The executive leadership program is designed and sponsored by ARL member libraries and offers an opportunity for development of future senior-level leaders in large research libraries and archives.
“This program trains the next generation of academic library leaders and it’s one of the things that helped prepare me to take this next step and is one of the pieces of the puzzle of why me and why now,” Pyatt said.
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