Four candidates have been selected as the next potential Executive Director of Charleston County Public Library (CCPL). Those finalists will visit the library system next week for in-person interviews, visit staff at various libraries and appear at a public forum, where the community will hear from the candidates and have the opportunity to ask questions.
The public forum will take place on Monday, Feb. 11 at 6 p.m. at the Auditorium of the Main Branch, located at 68 Calhoun Street. All members of the public are invited to attend.
The four finalists for the position are:
- Angela Craig, Center City Leader of Charlotte Mecklenburg Library
- Jennifer Patterson, Director of Albemarle Regional Library System
- Giovanni Tairov, Director of Livingston Parish Library System
- Jeffrey Trzeciak, Director of the Newark Public Library
“These candidates are some of the best and brightest leaders in the library world and we are thrilled to have them vying for our top spot,” said CCPL Board of Trustees Chairman Andy Brack. “We are confident these finalists have the ability to continue the exciting positive trajectory of our library system in enriching the lives of our community.”
A national search began late last year as a result of the departure of Nicolle Davies, who stepped down as executive director on Dec. 1, 2018, due to family reasons. Darlene Jackson, the deputy director, has been acting executive director since Davies’ departure.
The library’s Board of Trustees hired Bradbury Miller Associates, an executive recruitment firm that specializes in locating talent for libraries. The firm, which was hired in the previous 2016 selection of the executive director, had already gathered input from the library’s board, staff, community representatives and library leaders across the state to better understand the area’s needs and the issues facing Charleston County Public Library. That information was used again to develop a national recruiting effort.
Last week, the pool of candidates was narrowed to four top candidates by a special library board search committee.