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Search nearing an end for new library director in Carnegie

| Wednesday, July 24, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

The search for a new executive director for the Andrew Carnegie Free Library and Music Hall in Carnegie is entering its final stages.

Amanda Sargent, acting president of the library board of trustees and head of the search committee, said the team of five has narrowed the field of applicants to four finalists. Final interviews are set for next week.

The initial focus of the search committee, Sargent said, was to revise the job description of the executive director.

“We decided our focus for the new executive director really needed to (be) more on the development side,” she said. “We want it to be less administration and more development.”

She said the committee hopes to make a final recommendation to the library board of trustees by the July 31 board meeting. Depending on the availability of the chosen candidate, she said, the new hire would start in early or mid-August.

“There are a lot of really good candidates,” she said. “Most are local or have ties to the Pittsburgh area.”

The search committee is made up of Sargent, board members Pat Catena, Jim Denova and Jennifer Highfield, Marilyn Jenkins, executive director of the Allegheny County Library Association.

Denova had been president of the library board of trustees but stepped down on July 1, according to Sargent. Denova remains a member of the board, and bylaws dictate that until the end of the presidential term in March, Sargent will act as president.

The board will decide in March on a new president.

Megan Guza is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-388-5810 or mguza@tribweb.com.

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