May 22, 2022

Kevin Garewal Named Dean of University of Rochester Libraries

From the University of Rochester:

Kevin Garewal (Image Source: U. of Rochester)

Kevin Garewal, associate director of collections at Harvard Law School Library, has been named vice provost and Andrew H. & Janet Dayton Neilly Dean of University of Rochester Libraries. He will begin in this role in February 2022.

Interim Provost Sarah Peyre announced Garewal’s appointment, which follows a four-month national search chaired by Joan Saab, vice provost of academic affairs and professor of art history. Garewal succeeds Mary Ann Mavrinac, who has served in this leadership role since 2012. Mavrinac is retiring and will officially step down in January.


At the Harvard Law School Library, Garewal has been heavily involved in diversifying the collection and in leading a Diversity, Inclusion, Belonging and Anti-Racism plan to assess, diversify, and collect material and increase traditional digital access to these items. As part of this work, he has played a key role in garnering donor support to digitize content from under-represented communities.  He is a noted collaborative leader who works to improve processes and workflows. Most recently, he had direct administrative responsibility for four areas in the Harvard Law Library: Collection Development, Historic & Special Collections, Digital Lab, and Service Design and Assessment.

Garewal has extensive collection development experience in university, public, and special libraries, and he often delivers presentations on collection development, monograph acquisition, and researchers’ needs.  He holds a master’s degree in library and information science from Kent State University, and a JD and master’s degree in accounting from Cleveland State University.

“I am absolutely thrilled to be joining the University of Rochester as vice provost and Andrew H. & Janet Dayton Neilly Dean,” says Garewal.  “This position has been on my radar as a destination job for a long time. The libraries have positioned themselves at the forefront of innovation and campus engagement, and central to all of this amazing success is the staff and leadership of Mary Ann Mavrinac.  I am very excited about the opportunities to continue to innovate and engage the University community and represent the Libraries at a regional and national level.”

In addition to specific responsibilities for the River Campus Libraries, this position provides leadership for University-wide library issues and enterprise systems, facilitates training and learning opportunities for all University library staff members, and coordinates efforts with respective deans and advancement units to enhance the University libraries and oversee the University Libraries National Council.

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