Herndon Named Samford's Director of Libraries

Posted by Phillip Poole on 2008-06-04

Kimmetha (Kim) Herndon has been named director of the university library and librarian at Samford University effective July 1. The announcement was made June 4 by Samford Provost J. Bradley Creed following a year-long national search.

Herndon comes from Shorter College, Rome, Ga., where she has been on the staff of Livingston Library since 1989. Most recently, she had been dean of libraries since 2001. At Samford, Herndon will oversee a collection that now exceeds 1 million volumes.

"Samford is fortunate to have found someone who brings outstanding administrative and academic credentials to our ever-expanding library system," Creed said. "With our increased emphasis on undergraduate research and expanding academic programs, Kim Herndon is the ideal person to help lead our libraries."

Herndon received a bachelor of science in agricultural economics from the University of Georgia and a master of library science degree from the University of Alabama. She is a member of several professional organizations, including the American Library Association and the Southeastern Library Association.

Herndon replaces Jean Thomason, who retired in June 2007 after 11 years as Samford's library director. Suzanne Peterson has served as interim director and will return to her full-time role as associate librarian and collection management coordinator.

"Samford's library staff, under the very capable leadership of Sue Peterson, has ensured that we have continued to progress," Creed added. "The university is very grateful for their dedicated service at all times, but especially during this year of transition."

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ABOUT SAMFORD UNIVERSITY -- Samford University is a premier nationally ranked private university deeply rooted in its Christian mission. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th oldest institution of higher education in the United States. U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 3rd among regional universities in the South. Samford enrolls 5,509 students from 45 states, the District of Columbia and 29 other countries in its 10 academic units: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy, and public health. Samford also fields 17 NCAA Division I teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference.