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St. Peters Resident Gail Staines Becomes UCM’s New Library Dean

Contact: Jeff Murphy
WARRENSBURG, MO (May 11, 2015) –  Following a national search process this spring, the University of Central Missouri has selected Gail M. Staines, Ph.D., as the next Dean of Library Services.

Dr. Gail M. Staines
Dr. Gail M. Staines

Deborah Curtis, provost-chief learning officer at UCM, announced the appointment today, noting that Staines will begin her new duties on July 1. She fills a position that is currently served by Mollie Dinwiddie, who is retiring after approximately 30 years of service to the university.

“We are sincerely delighted that Dr. Gail Staines will be joining our leadership team here at UCM,” Curtis said. “She brings a wealth of experience to this important position, and we look forward to her upcoming contributions to our work.  Dean Mollie Dinwiddie has served in that post providing outstanding leadership.  We wish her well in her retirement.”

Staines brings with her more than 15 years of experience as a leader of academic libraries and nonprofit organizations with staffs ranging in size from 14 to 85 and budgets ranging from $500,000 to more than $12 million. Prior to her appointment at UCM, Staines served as assistant vice president, University Libraries at St. Louis University for six years, and as executive director of the Western New York Library Resources Council for eight years. Most recently, she has served as an adjunct faculty member at William Woods University, Fulton, teaching graduate education courses.

For 16 years, Staines served as an adjunct professor for the School of Informatics, University of Buffalo and also as coordinator of Information Education for Niagara County Community College in New York. She was named a “Mover and Shaker” in 2004 by the American Library Association and has served as president of the MOBIUS Board.

In seeking her new post, Staines noted, “Libraries of all types face somewhat daunting obstacles given our current economic environment. However, who we are and what we do is integral to the fabric of our democratic society. It is clear that the University of Central Missouri has developed and is implementing strategies that continue to move the institution forward. The work that has been accomplished by your faculty, students, librarians, and supporters is to be highly commended. I look forward to working with everyone at UCM!”

An experienced grant writer, Staines has been involved in numerous grant-writing and review activities, including working with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s Access to Learning Award grant program from 2012-2014 to review grant proposals from non-profit and educational organizations who seek to provide educational resources and services in remote locations within developing countries. A published author of articles in peer reviewed journals and books, Staines is active in many types of professional organizations having presented research findings nationwide and internationally. She also has a strong interest in leadership activities related to women in higher education and academic research libraries.

Staines earned three degrees from the University of Buffalo, a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration, a Master’s in Library and Information Science, and Bachelor of Arts in political science. Her husband, David, is an AP chemistry teacher and their son, Ryan, is studying trumpet/music education at Truman State University in Kirksville. An accomplished equestrienne, Staines has ridden and showed in hunter/jumper classes in New York and Canada.