Deborah Prosser joins Rollins as the new director of Olin Library starting June 1.
Deborah Prosser comes from the University of North Georgia, where she currently serves as dean of libraries and associate professor. Within a year of arrival, Prosser found herself successfully leading a merger of libraries as two colleges consolidated. Leading a team of 17 tenure-track faculty, she manages a multimillion-dollar budget and partners on numerous academic-affairs initiatives, including programs in Cuba and Belize.
Prior to joining the University of North Georgia, Prosser was head librarian of the Savannah College of Art and Design and has worked for decades with museums in a range of capacities, including community engagement.
“Olin Library is our academic center—a vibrant, forward-looking space that buzzes with activity night and day,” says vice president of academic affairs and provost Susan Singer. “Deborah is exactly the leader we need to support our talented Olin team in continuing to create a future-oriented library that serves the Rollins community.”
Prosser began her career as an academic at the State University of New York College at Oneonta before discovering that librarianship was her passion. She is a scholar of American studies and art history with an undergraduate degree in these fields from the University of Delaware. Her MA and PhD degrees are in American civilization and material culture from the University of Pennsylvania.
“I am thrilled and honored to be joining the Rollins community,” says Prosser. “Olin Library is impressive, and the experience and expertise of the library faculty and staff are deep and wide. I look forward to doing great things together.”