Francine G. McNairy 2006

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Siobhan Reardon is President and Director of the Free Library of Philadelphia. Through her leadership, the reimagining of the Free Library of the future is highlighted via the Library’s “Building Inspiration” campaign marking the physical and programmatic changes necessary to present a viable 21st Century library organization. Notable programmatic enhancements include the establishment of the Culinary Literacy Center, the Center for Public Engagement and the Business Resource and Innovation Center which supports the development and advancement of small businesses and entrepreneurs.

Ms. Reardon holds a B.A. from SUNY Purchase (NY), an M.A. from Fordham University, and an M.L.S. from the Palmer School of Library Science at Long Island University. She serves on a number of Boards in Philadelphia and nationally and was named Library Journal’s Librarian of the Year in 2015.

President of Millersville University, she is the first female, African American university president in the state system of higher education. Devoted to student success, Dr. McNairy has been recognized for increasing retention and graduation rates in three Pennsylvania public universities, especially among students of color. Her commitment to high academic standards, institutional quality and community responsiveness are hallmarks of her visionary leadership.




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