Dean Sara Baron to Leave Library after Ten Years of Service

Sara Baron addressing enthusiastic young library users at the 2014 Regent Reads summer festival of children's literature. Dean Baron addressing enthusiastic young library users at the 2014 Regent Reads summer festival of children’s literature.

At the end of August, Dr. Sara Baron will step down as dean of the University Library after ten years of faithful service at Regent. In September she will take up a new position as University Librarian at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh.

Dr. Baron arrived at Regent in August 2005 and has led the Library through a decade of transformational change. During her tenure as dean, the Library grew from a highly specialized institution supporting graduate study in a relatively small number of disciplines, to a university library with the goal of reflecting Thomas Jefferson’s vision for the Library of Congress that “there is in fact no subject to which a member of Congress may not have occasion to refer.”

Along with building the Library’s collections in many new disciplines, Dean Baron will be remembered for her enthusiastic support for cultural events that brought the Regent and Hampton Roads communities into the Library. Under her leadership, hundreds of students, faculty, and visitors attended events such as the National Endowment for the Arts Big Read, the St. John’s Bible Exhibit, Holocaust Remembrance Services, and the Living Word exhibition of Biblical manuscripts, to name only a few.

As she prepares for a new chapter in her life, Dr. Baron offered these reflections about her time at Regent: “The Library is a vital part of Regent University, and I am grateful for the opportunity to have been part of the Library team. It has been a joy watching the Library become more engaged with students, the local community, and the academic mission and goals of Regent. My time here has been a blessing personally and professionally, and I will truly miss all my wonderful colleagues and friends.”

The Library staff will miss our dear colleague and friend, but we rejoice that the Lord has opened a new opportunity and ministry in her life. Well done, and Godspeed, Sara!