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Co-interim deans for UW Libraries announced

June 10, 2021

Dear UW colleagues:

I am pleased to announce that Lauren Pressley and Denise Pan have agreed to share the duties of dean of University Libraries until Sept. 1, when Simon Neame begins his term. Ms. Pressley will hold the formal title of interim dean, while she and Ms. Pan will share the business title of co-interim deans.

As associate dean for research and learning services, Ms. Pressley is responsible for strategic visioning, policy and program development, management, and overall excellence in Access Services, Information Technology Services and Digital Strategies, Learning Services, Research Services, and Scholarly Communication and Publishing. Prior this, she was an associate dean of the Libraries and director of the UW Tacoma campus library. Ms. Pressley also was the director of Learning Environments for Virginia Tech University Libraries and held a number of roles related to instruction and technology at Wake Forest University’s library.

Ms. Pan is the associate dean of University Libraries for Collections and Content, leading the areas of Acquisitions and Rapid Cataloging Services, Cataloging and Metadata Services, Collection Analysis and Strategy, and Preservation Services. Previously, she was the associate director of technical services for the Auraria Library, administered by the University of Colorado Denver, which also serves the Metropolitan State University of Denver and the Community College of Denver. Prior to that, Ms. Pan was the public services librarian at the Johnson & Wales University, Denver Campus.

As announced last week, Mr. Neame will join the UW Sept. 1 from University of Massachusetts Amherst where he leads the W.E.B. Du Bois Library, the Science and Engineering Library and the Wadsworth Library at the Mount Ida Campus.

Thank you to Ms. Pressley and Ms. Pan for taking on this work, and thank you to Betsy Wilson, who will retire July 1, for her 30 years of service to the UW and our libraries.




Mark A. Richards

Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs

Professor, Earth and Space Sciences