Athens State University Names Katherine Quinnell as Library Director
ATHENS, Ala. - Athens State University announces the appointment of Dr. Katherine Quinnell as the Director of the Library effective November 1. Quinnell was hired after a national search to replace Dr. Robert Burkhardt who retired after more than 30 years in the position.
Quinnell completed her Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from Mercer University in December 2015. She also holds a Master of Education in College Teaching from Northeastern State University, a Master of Library Science from Texas Woman's University, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Texas Woman's University.
“We are excited that Dr. Quinnell will bring her expertise to Athens State,” remarked Athens State Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Joe Delap. “We were fortunate to have a very strong candidate pool and I feel we have identified the most appropriate person to lead our efforts in Library Services.”
Quinnell most recently served as Assistant Dean for Public Service at Clayton State University where she oversaw all the service operations of the library. Her research interests include the advancement of technology in education, the effective use of space by students in learning environments, student research methods, and mentoring as a relationship.
The Athens State University Library houses approximately 100,000 volumes in subjects supporting the institution’s curriculum. Collaboration with the Alabama Virtual Library and the Network of Alabama Academic Libraries allows Athens State to offer a wealth of online databases.