Kennett Library to begin search for director

At a time of myriad changes for the Kennett Library – ranging from the selection of a new name to explorations into a new building – its relatively new board has another one: a search for a new director.

Donna Murray

Donna Murray

Board president Thomas Swett announced on Thursday, Sept. 1, that Donna Murray, the current director, announced her resignation in a private meeting with Swett on Thursday, Aug. 29. Sweet said the library would be launching a search for a new director in the coming weeks.

Murray was hired in 2003 and became library director in 2006. She helped revamp many of the library's key services, including its children's and teen's programs and increased user visits to more than 115,000 per year.

"We are so proud of all that Donna has accomplished in her 13 years here in Kennett," Swett said in a press release. "Her departure is a surprise, but we wish her great success in her new endeavors. She was always a steady hand at the wheel, no matter what the challenges were. Donna will be missed by countless library users, her staff, and our board."

Swett said that a special transition team would be formed from the board to ensure continuity of services after Murray's departure in mid-September. Once that transition team is set up, the board will begin a thorough search for a new library director, the release said.

Murray was not immediately available for comment.




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