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Spring 2004 Newsletter

Promotions Secure Center's Future


Associate Directors (l to r) Rich Oram, Jim Stroud,
Kris Kiesling, and Jeff Melton. 2004.

The Ransom Center has gone through a number of material transformations over the past few years, and in keeping with that dynamic, the Center announces a major restructuring of the administrative staff.

The loss of two associate directors and the expansion of services at the Center over the course of the last year brought about a need to reexamine and redeploy resources to keep up with the changing demands of a greater public presence. As a result, Director Thomas Staley has appointed one new Associate Director and promoted three existing Ransom Center staff members to the position of Associate Director, each receiving a lion's share of new expectations.

Rich Oram, the Center's Chief Librarian, will now oversee the curatorial and public services functions of all of the Ransom Center's literary and visual collections. Jim Stroud, our Chief Conservation Officer, will serve as Associate Director for Conservation & Building Management, overseeing conservation, exhibition services, and all aspects of building management. As Associate Director for Technical & Digital Services, Kris Kiesling manages book, archival & visual materials cataloging, photographic services, and digital activities throughout the Center. Newcomer Jeff Melton replaces Sue Murphy as Associate Director for Development, assuming responsibility for corporate, foundation, and individual resource development initiatives.

Representing a broad range of expertise and experience, the four new Associate Directors enrich and strengthen the executive team of the Ransom Center as we continue to expand services and programs in our new spaces.  

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