Deborah Dancik, University Librarian for the Mark O. Hatfield Library and Associate VP of Academic Affairs, will be retiring as of August 31, 2015. She has served Willamette University for ten years, in addition to many regional and national committees. She will be missed by her colleagues at Willamette and beyond, and especially by the staff at our library. We’ll miss you Deb!
Dean Marlene Moore wrote the following…
After ten years of leadership and exemplary service to Willamette University, Deborah Dancik is retiring effective Aug. 31, 2015. While she credits the efforts, talents and goodwill of others for the many things she has accomplished, her leadership is the common factor that has resulted in so much progress.
The library has expanded and improved services during her years as university librarian. Their technologic initiatives have resulted in the creation and publication of large digital collections, the development of the university’s institutional repository, the implementation of a digital production lab, and technological support for units like the Hallie Ford Museum of Art.
Willamette University has been a leader in the Orbis Cascade Alliance in ways that improved our access to information, gained efficiencies on library operations, and leveraged our collection and technology dollars. We now have a well-developed archival program that supports the curriculum, serves as a draw for alumni, and houses regionally significant collections.
Two years ago, she took on the associate vice president of academic affairs portfolio and has provided support for the academic support units. In this role, she helped directors launch new ideas, solve problems, and better integrate with other campus units. She oversaw the creation of the Sustainability Institute and the Native American Program, hiring directors for both of those new units. She directed a comprehensive review of Willamette Academy that provides guidance for building on its strength and potential.
We will formally celebrate her accomplishments and wish her well on the next stage of her journey in August. In the meantime, please join me in thanking her for her administrative skills, multiple accomplishments, and dedication to improving Willamette University. It has been a pleasure to work with her on so many projects. She will be missed.