Executive Director Leaves for New Job; Acting Director To Be Named

January 8, 2018 (Canton, Ohio) – Stark County District Library (SCDL) Board of Trustees today announced the resignation of Executive Director Tena Wilson and the appointment of Jean Duncan McFarren as Acting Executive Director. Tena Wilson is leaving SCDL to return to the Cleveland Public Library, which is widely recognized as one of the best urban libraries in the nation. In her new role, she will serve as Deputy Director / COO.

Since Wilson’s 2012 appointment as SCDL Executive Director the library passed a successful levy campaign in 2012; eliminated overdue fines; won numerous innovation awards; championed early literacy in the community via SPARK parent partners and StartSmart School Partnerships; and launched a number of new patron services including passports and BikeSmart.

On behalf of the Board of Trustees, President Steven Pittman expressed his appreciation for the leadership and contributions of Wilson during her five-year tenure since her appointment in 2012. “We’ve been fortunate in Stark County to have an Executive Director who has understood the need to both build on our best traditions and to be innovative in ensuring the library stays relevant to our changing community needs. During her five years here, Tena has served as a change agent, leading our library system in reaching more of our community, increasing use, transforming the patron experience, and becoming more operationally efficient.

” The Board of SCDL will ratify the appointment of Jean Duncan McFarren as Acting Director at its Jan. 16 meeting. She has most recently worked for the Library since 2010 and has served as Deputy Director since 2015. She will be assisted with the leadership transition by Tena Wilson, whose last day will be February 2. According to Pittman, “The Board has full confidence in Jean as Acting Director and the Executive Team to continue to successfully lead the library.” Other Executive Team members are Greg Burlingame, Chris Butler, Josh Harris and Shanna Springer.

As in the past, the Board will conduct a national executive search as they evaluate candidates for the permanent appointment to the role of Executive Director / CEO.



One of the 9 largest library systems in Ohio – and the county’s oldest library – Stark County District Library serves the community through 10 locations, six mobile libraries, and a 24/7 digital branch.

A 2009 winner of the prestigious National Medal for library service, the Library serves over 140,000 active cardholders, annually circulating 3.85 million items from its 1.5 million item collection and providing access to an additional 66 million items from lending networks throughout Ohio. Each year the library presents more than 9,000 programs for 175,000 attendees and provides 240,000 computer sessions on the publicly available computers found in each branch.

Today, as it reimagines itself as The Smart Store, where everything is free®, the Library is emerging as a national thought-leader with innovations such as its “no overdue fines” policy, the BikeSmart bike sharing network, and the Start Smart School Partnership.

For more information, call 330.452.0665 or visit http://www.starklibrary.org.

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