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IndyPL CEO Search 2022

The Indianapolis Public Library's Board of Trustees is conducting a national search to find the next CEO - join us for public presentations from the finalist candidates the evening of November 30 at Central Library. More details below!

IndyPL CEO Search 2022
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About the Search

The Indianapolis Public Library Board of Trustees is excited to find the next leader of its library system, which serves approximately 900,000 patrons in Marion County and a staff of over 570 employees. A diverse CEO Search Committee, detailed below, is working with the Board's Diversity, Policy & HR Committee to bring top candidates to the full library board for consideration. The CEO Search Committee recently completed initial interviews of qualified candidates and made its recommendation of top candidates to the final board. Finalists are currently pending background and reference checks.

Save the Date - Public Presentations

Finalists will deliver public presentations in the Clowes Auditorium at Central Library on November 30 at 7:00pm. Presentations will be livestreamed on the IndyPL YouTube channel. The two finalists for CEO are:

  • Nichelle M. Hayes
  • Gabriel Morley

A link will be shared here, in-person at the public presentations, and within the YouTube livestream description for public feedback about the candidates. It will be available until 9:00am December 1. More details are below and will be added to this page as the search progresses.


What is the timeline for this search?

A national search began with the posting and advertising of the position on May 16, 2022 by contracted search firm, Bradbury Miller Associates (BMA), but did not yield a large enough pool of qualified candidates. The position was re-posted in August, and then closed on September 25 with a sufficient number of qualified candidates (20) for the CEO Search Committee (details below) to consider. Next steps include:

  • October 5, 1:00pm at the West Perry Branch: CEO Search Committee held a meeting (open to the public) to determine which applicants would be asked to participate in a first round of interviews. Applicant names were anonymized to protect their privacy.
  • October 24 and 25: The CEO Search Committee held closed meetings to conduct the first round of interviews. From these interviews, the committee selected finalists to complete background and reference checks, and be invited to interview with the IndyPL Board of Trustees.
  • November 30: Finalists will tour the city, visit some Library locations, and meet Library leadership during the day. Finalists will conduct public presentations at 7:00pm at Central Library in the evening.
  • December 1: The Library Board of Trustees will conduct their interviews with finalists, among other possible activities.
  • An offer will then be made to the preferred candidate, with intent for that person to start in early 2023.
What priorities are the search committee using to evaluate candidates?

When this process began, surveys were available for the Indianapolis community, IndyPL staff, and the IndyPL Board of Trustees to share areas of importance for the CEO search. These priority areas will be used to evaluate candidates, and include the following:

  • Communication
  • Strategic Planning
  • Leadership
  • Management
  • Budget Management
  • Community
  • Intellectual Freedom
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Experience
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Board Experience
Why the delay in the process?

After initially posting the position in May of 2022, the Search Committee wanted a larger pool of qualified candidates to choose from and decided to repost the position. The Board wanted to hear from the Search Firm, Bradbury Miller Associates (BMA), about how the process could be different and what recommendations they had to improve the posting in order to gain more traction. During the Board Meeting on July 22, BMA presented the plan to repost the position with a more competitive salary range and broader qualifications. The position has been re-posted and is now closed, and the expectation is that the new CEO will start by December 2022 or January 2023.

How was the pay grade determined?

Due to the current market, The Indianapolis Public Library is reviewing all paygrades. The CEO job announcement will reflect the new paygrade for 2023.

CEO Search Committee

In April of 2022, the IndyPL Board of Trustees' Diversity, Policy & HR Committee formed a CEO Search Committee to assist in determining top candidates to bring forward to the full Board of Trustees. This committee is working with contracted search firm Bradbury Miller Associates to screen, vet, and conduct initial interviews with candidates. The committee consists of the following members:

Board Diversity, Policy & HR Committee Members:

  • Hope Tribble (Chairperson)
  • Curtis Bigsbee
  • Pat Payne

Library Staff Members:

  • Keesha Hughes - Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer
  • Alexandria Moore - Staff Association President and Interim Branch Manager, Garfield Park Branch Library
  • Michael Torres - AFSCME Local 3395 Union President and Public Services Associate II, Central Library

Community Patron Members:

  • Dr. Dwight Burlingame - Professor Emeritus of Philanthropic Studies, IUPUI Lilly Family School of Philanthropy
  • Christia Hicks - IndyPL Foundation Board Member and Chief Human Resources Officer, Eskenazi Health
  • Monroe Gray - City-County Councilor, Municipal Corporations Committee Chair
  • Matt Nowlin - Community Analysis Manager, The Polis Center
  • Dr. Lisa Riolo
  • J. Kevin Ryan - Retired CEO, Financial Center First Credit Union
  • Dr. Samuel Snideman - Director of Policy, Indiana Department of Workforce Development
  • Gail Thomas Strong - VP Community Engagement, WFYI Public Media

Additional Staff and Contracted Support (non-voting):

  • Tisha Galarce - Interim Human Resources Director, IndyPL
  • Joe Backe - Communications Director, IndyPL
  • Garrett Mason - Strategic Planning & Assessment Officer, IndyPL
  • Russell Brown - Legal Counsel, Clark, Quinn, Moses, Scott & Grahn, LLP
  • Robert Scott - Legal Counsel, Clark, Quinn, Moses, Scott & Grahn, LLP
  • Karen Miller - Search Firm, Bradbury Miller Associates
  • Brian Hare - Search Firm, Bradbury Miller Associates
  • Briana Trudell - Search Firm, Bradbury Miller Associates