MONTPELIER — Two new co-directors have been appointed to lead the Kellogg-Hubbard Library after Executive Director Tom McKone retires.
The library announced in a news release Tuesday that two current library employees, Carolyn Brennan and Jessie Lynn, would take charge July 1. They will replace McKone, who retires June 30 after four years at the library.
“In their expanded administrative roles, Lynn, who is currently the Director of Finance & Operations, and Brennan, who is currently the Director of Library Services, will serve as the two-person administrative team that will lead the library after the retirement of Executive Director Tom McKone on June 30,” the release said.
“Jessie and Carolyn will do an excellent job as co-directors of our wonderful library,” added Steve Gold, president of the library’s board of trustees. “They have the skills, knowledge, experience and, most importantly, the deep personal commitment to help the library thrive for years to come.”
Lynn has held several positions at the library over the last decade and has been in her current position for six years. Before working at the library, Lynn worked as an administrator in higher education, most recently at Woodbury College. While at Woodbury College, she worked as an academic advisor of undergraduate students and then assisted President Larry Mandell in the development of the Nonprofit Management Certificate program, a collaborative project with Marlboro College. Prior to that, she led the Montpelier weekend residency program at her alma mater, Vermont College’s adult degree program.
Brennan has been at the library for almost three years. She previously served as director of library and information services at Burlington College and library director at the South Hero Community Library. Brennan holds a master’s degree in library and information sciences from Syracuse University. A native Vermonter, she lives in Montpelier with her family.
“Jessie and Carolyn are strong administrators, and it is and has been a pleasure to work with them,” McKone said. “They have a thorough understanding of the library and its needs for the future.”
In the library’s new administrative structure, the co-directors will have increased responsibilities and there will not be an executive director, he added.
“I’m really excited to start the work as co-director at the library,” Brennan said. “I’m honored that my staff and the trustees are putting faith in Jessie and me to move forward in a new administrative model.”
Brennan also praised the work of McKone during his tenure at the library.
“Tom has been a wonderful mentor to me since I started,” Brennan said. “I think he’s a wonderful administrator and he will be a hard act to follow.”
Lynn could not be reached for comment Thursday.
Brennan added that the administrative team was still working on new plans to develop library services before making any announcements.