On Jan. 1st, 2022, Prof. Suzie Allard succeeded Prof. Ed Fox as Executive Director of NDLTD. Prof. Fox will remain as Chair of the Board of Directors. These actions were approved at the most recent Board of Directors meeting on Nov. 22nd, 2021.
Upon his stepping down as Executive Director, Prof. Fox wrote: “With the new year comes a change for the Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations (NDLTD). Please welcome Suzie Allard as the Executive Director of NDLTD! Her service to the ETD community has been extraordinary; we are most fortunate that it continues into this new role where, with your assistance, her leadership and communication skills should strongly advance the ETD initiative.”
Dr. Suzie Allard is Associate Dean for Research, Chancellor’s Professor & Board of Visitor’s Professor, and the Director of Center for Information & Communication Studies at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She has been on the NDLTD Board since 2003.
As she started her tenure as Executive Director, she thanked Prof. Fox, noting that: “The organization you conceived and built has been a leader in demonstrating the power of thoughtful technologies that augment and shape scholarship, in creating pathways for those technologies to be stalwarts of the scholarly journey for students who use the skills gained for public service, academe and industry well-after graduation and, very importantly, for building a scholarly record that is more accessible to the world. Your vision and energy is inspiring and irreplaceable.”
She also thanked the ETD community for welcoming her and “for providing support and enthusiasm as we guide NDLTD forward sustaining the legacy we have built and innovating as we continue to provide leadership in the realm of expanding and enhancing scholarly training and communication through accessible and usable technologies.”