Dear Members of the Board of Trustees and the Staff:
It is with considerable excitement that I assume the position of Interim Executive Director at Westerly Library and Wilcox Park. I look forward to serving the entire community that makes up and supports this wonderful institution and to help it select the very best new leader for the coming years.
I applaud Kathryn Taylor for all the wonderful things she has accomplished for the Library and Park. As an executive director myself, I have a unique perspective on the hard work, sacrifice, and skill that was required on her part to bring the Library and Park to where it is today. I wish her the very best in her future endeavors.
My first job is to listen. In the next few weeks, I will meet with as many staff members, trustees, funders, and volunteers as I can. I will listen to what they have to say about the Library, and I will reassure them that this transitional time will strengthen, not weaken, the institution about which they care so much. By listening, I will get a clearer picture of the transition issues that need to be managed, begin to develop a set of strategies for addressing these issues, and together with the Board of Trustees, set realistic objectives.
I will, of course, manage the affairs of the library on a day-to-day basis so that there is no loss of service during this transitional period. Transitions are not only to be endured, however. They can provide an opportunity for an organization to emerge stronger, with more institutional capacity and to be more dynamic and effective in serving the community. I will do everything I can to make sure that is the case at the Westerly Library.
Most importantly, I will prepare the organization for a successful search for a new full-time executive director, help with all aspects of that search, and even coach the successful applicant in the early phase of their tenure.
I have already fallen in love with your building and Park. I have seen the outstanding Board Leadership that is in place, and I have had the distinct pleasure of working with wonderful staff. It is an honor to be able to serve such a distinguished Library and Park and I look forward to working with you all.
Interim Executive Director