Linda Matthews, director of Special Collections in Woodruff
Library, has been appointed by interim Provost Woody Hunter to succeed
Joan Gotwals as vice provost and director of University Libraries.
Gotwals recently announced she will retire at the end of the academic
year, and Hunter said he made the appointment after a wide range
of people—including the Council of Deans, an ad hoc committee
of faculty and senior administrators, library staff and others—assured
him no search was needed.
“The library is being run well; Linda has the skills to keep
it going in the right direction; and a smooth transition will allow
the careful development of plans for the capital campaign,”
Matthews will serve a three-year term that will begin no later than
Sept. 1. During 2005–06, Hunter said, a national search will
be held to locate a permanent vice provost for University Libraries.
“I could not be more pleased about Linda’s appointment,”
Gotwals said. “She has so much experience in the library,
in the University at large, at the national level in the profession
and with the scholarly community. With leadership firmly in place,
the library will be able to keep moving vigorously ahead and start
the important planning phase leading up to a major capital campaign.”
Matthews joined Emory as a reference archivist in 1972. She earned
her bachelor’s from Albion College (Mich.) and her master’s
and PhD from Duke. Matthews also earned a master’s in librarianship
from Emory, and she has been director of Special Collections since