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Dr. Catherine Rudowsky Promoted to Dean of Libraries at A&M-Corpus Christi

October 11, 2017

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CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Dr. Catherine “Cate” Rudowsky has been promoted to Dean of Libraries at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. In her new position, which was effective Oct. 1, her goals will shift from operational management of the Mary and Jeff Bell Library to providing the campus with visionary leadership, including increased collaborations and strategic partnerships with the University’s six other deans. Rudowsky served as Director of the Bell Library since August 2014.

“I am beyond excited and appreciative of this opportunity,” said Rudowsky. “Ultimately, I believe the elevation of my position from director to dean will serve our students, staff, and faculty by providing more strategic resources and services that meet the diverse needs of our different academic colleges.”

Since Rudowsky’s time as a director, she led the Bell Library towards the Momentum 2020 objective of transforming the Library into an “emerging research, 21st century, information-age learning and research center.” Through this objective, parts of the Bell Library have been remodeled for optimal efficiency, personnel has been restructured, the Dr. Hector P. Garcia Collection is being processed and selectively digitalized and a growing and strengthening partnership has continued with the Conrad Blucher Institute for Surveying and Science regarding the Blucher Map Scanning project. Her deanship will promote more deliberate use of the premium resources and services offered by the library.

“My desire is for Bell Library to emerge as a leader among academic libraries in Texas and beyond,” said Rudowsky. “My goal is to foster an atmosphere of innovation. In an evolving environment, it is important to have an entrepreneurial mindset that is proactive in bringing new and exciting initiatives to the campus community.”

Rudowsky has extensive leadership experience in academic and special libraries, including almost 15 years in public higher education. Rudowsky earned a Ph.D. in Communication Media and Instructional Technology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 2013. She also holds a Master of Business Administration from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, a Master of Library and Information Science from University of Pittsburg and a Bachelor of Arts in English from Ashland University in Ashland, OH. She has authored or co-authored six publications, given numerous academic presentations and is a member of numerous professional associations. In summer 2017, she was named a Leading Change Institute fellow.

“Dr. Rudowsky has extensive experience in library science accompanied by an impressive list of accomplishments,” said Ted Guffy, Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. “We look forward to the innovative leadership she will continue to provide to TAMU-CC in this new role.”

The Bell Library is a hot spot of student activity. In an average seven-day period, 13,700 students, faculty and staff walk through their doors. During the last year, the Library circulated more than 26,000 physical books, more than 40,000 electronic books and more than 1 million electronic articles were downloaded.

“With her many years of impactful service and leadership, Dr. Rudowsky will expand the library’s influence throughout campus and beyond,” said Dr. Kelly Quintanilla, President and CEO of Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. “She understands and embraces the challenges and opportunities of leading an outstanding academic library, especially for an emerging research institute.”