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!
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.
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:
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.
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:
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:
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.
Due to the current market, The Indianapolis Public Library is reviewing all paygrades. The CEO job announcement will reflect the new paygrade for 2023.
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:
Library Staff Members:
Community Patron Members:
Additional Staff and Contracted Support (non-voting):