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Temp library leader gets job full time

LAWRENCEVILLE - During a special called meeting that lasted about a minute Wednesday evening, the Gwinnett County Public Library Board of Trustees voted to hire Nancy Stanbery-Kellam as the library's executive director.

Stanbery-Kellam, who has served as the interim director since June, will earn $110,000 a year. She started her career as a clerk in a library in 1983, and she has worked with the Gwinnett County Public Library since 1993.

"I am just delighted, thrilled, pleased and honored to be asked to continue with my work," Stanbery-Kellam said after the meeting. "I certainly appreciate the support I have received from the library board."

Library Board Vice Chairwoman Phyllis Oxendine, who made the motion to hire Stanbery-Kellam, said she is delighted that Stanbery-Kellam will be leading the library.

"She is the most immaculately qualified, impeccably credentialed, most impressive, marvelous people person who works well with the board, staff and the public," Oxendine said.

Stanbery-Kellam has replaced former executive director Jo Ann Pinder, who was fired by the board.

A nationwide search brought forth seven applications for the job, but four applicants did not meet a requirement that the new director have a master's degree.

Of those remaining, Chairman Lloyd Breck made the choice not to interview a candidate who is an assistant director of the Jacksonville, Fla., library system. Another candidate, Alan Harkness, was chosen to lead the Winder-based Piedmont Regional Library.