January 25, 2022

New York: Queens Library Names New CEO and President

Former NYC Schools Chancellor Dennis M. Walcott has been selected as the new President and CEO of the Queens Library.

From the NY Daily News:

Respected former city Schools Chancellor and Deputy Mayor Dennis Walcott is poised to take over as CEO of the Queens Library, the Daily News has learned.

Walcott, who grew up in Queens, is expected to bring a steady hand to the busy system that was rocked by the free-spending ways of former CEO Thomas Galante.


Walcott was chosen after a six-month national search, officials said.


Walcott’s appointment must still be approved by the state Department of Education. He’s expected to start March 14.

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Here’s a comment from Borough President Melinda Katz:

At its core, the Queens Library exists to serve its educational purpose as a community hub of learning, literacy and culture for millions of families. Queens is grateful to the Board of Trustees for their dedication in convening an extensive search and selection process for the new President and CEO. I have full faith in the direction and future of the Library, and look forward to the great things to come under Dennis’ leadership.

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