The Indianapolis Public Library's CEO search concluded with a declined offer by the chosen candidate. This page will be updated when the search resumes.
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, worked with the Board's Diversity, Policy & HR Committee to bring top candidates to the full library board for consideration. Finalists then delivered public presentations to staff and the community, met with Library leadership, and interviewed with the Board of Trustees in closed meetings. An offer was made on December 8 to the candidate with a majority of board support, and declined by that candidate on December 9. The search is currently paused until the Library Board determines its next steps.
More details are below and will be added to this page as the search continues.
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 reflects 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):