Middlebury

Michael Roy appointed dean of library and information services

May 20, 2008

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. - Middlebury College has announced the appointment of Michael Roy as the new L. Douglas and Laura J. Meredith Dean of Library and Information Services. Roy will begin his new position on Aug. 1.

Roy is currently vice president for library and information services at Kenyon College in Ohio. He directs an integrated library and information technology division similar to Middlebury's in that it handles both technology support and development, and all aspects of collection management and access to scholarly resources.

Prior to his appointment at Kenyon, Roy served as director of academic computing services at Wesleyan University, and as director of the Digital Library Projects at Wesleyan's Olin Library.  During his tenure at Wesleyan, he led a number of strategic initiatives, including renovation and technology enrichment of the university's entire classroom inventory, the roll-out of a new course management system, and the launching of a campus wide high performance computer cluster.

Roy previously served as director of research at the W.E. B. Du Bois Institute for Afro-American Research at Harvard, where he was project manager for the Encyclopaedia Africana, the African Art History Project, and director of research for the Black Periodical Literature Project. He has written numerous articles on such topics as open-source access to scholarship; multimedia as a platform for social change; and the role of emerging technologies in African-American studies.  Roy holds a master's degree in English from Duke University and a bachelor's degree in philosophy from Dartmouth College.

Roy replaces departing Dean Barbara Doyle-Wilch, who served as dean for seven years and led the integration of the library and information technology into Library and Information Services.

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