Library Commission Elects Dr. Mary Wardell Ghirarduzzi as President

For Immediate Release:
Contact: Michelle Jeffers
(415) 557-4282; Michelle.Jeffers@sfpl.org

Library Commission Elects Dr. Mary Wardell Ghirarduzzi as President

January 28, 2016, SAN FRANCISCO, CA—

The San Francisco Public Library is happy to announce the election of Dr. Mary Wardell Ghirarduzzi to the position of President of the San Francisco Public Library Commission.  She has been on the Library Commission since June of 2014 when appointed by Mayor Edwin Lee. Dr. Wardell Ghirarduzzi has almost 20 years of leadership experience within California higher education.

“We look forward to having Dr. Wardell Ghirarduzzi’s leadership and vision guiding the Library Commission in such groundbreaking times”, said City Librarian Luis Herrera.

maryDr. Wardell Ghirarduzzi is currently the Vice Provost for Diversity Engagement and Community Outreach at the University of San Francisco.  Working with faculty, staff, students and diverse communities throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, she promotes understanding of diversity as core to the holistic and sustainable higher education organization.  She received her BA in Communication from the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California, her hometown.  She received her MA in Cross Cultural Counseling from San Diego State University; and a doctorate in Organizational Leadership from Pepperdine University in Los Angeles.

“I am so pleased and humbled by the opportunity to serve the city and county of San Francisco community in this new capacity. The San Francisco Library Commission is uniquely situated to lead in the creation of equitable centers of learning which encourage critical convening and mutual discovery. This is an important historical moment for this work, and I am profoundly excited to be part of it”, said Dr. Mary Wardell Ghirarduzzi.

The San Francisco Public Library Commission is a seven-member commission appointed by the Mayor of San Francisco.  The Commission sets policy and is responsible for the library budget for the San Francisco Public Library system.  Commissioners serve a four-year term.

The Library Commission also re-elected Susan Mall as the Vice-President of the Commission.  Ms. Mall was appointed in February 2013 by Mayor Edwin Lee. Ms. Mall is development professional with a successful track record of leadership, strategic planning and event production for fund-raising, donor relations and marketing efforts.