Susan Hamson Accepted to Frye Leadership Institute

NEW YORK, February 9, 2007 Susan Hamson, Curator of Manuscripts and University Archives at Columbia University Libraries, has been accepted to the Frye Leadership Institute, an important higher education leadership development program. She will spend an intensive 2 weeks in June 2007 at the Institute located at Emory University.

Named in honor of Billy E. Frye, a distinguished leader in higher education who is now retired, the Frye Leadership Institute seeks to develop creative leaders who guide and transform the future of academic information services for higher education. Participants are nominated by a member of their institution's senior leadership and are selected competitively from among applicants who have a commitment to, and talent for, leadership within higher education.

"This will be an outstanding opportunity for Susan to work with higher education leaders and with library and IT colleagues from across the U.S." said Jim Neal, Columbia's Vice President for Information Services and University Librarian.

The Institute, partially supported by a generous grant from the Robert W. Woodruff Foundation, is sponsored by the Council on Library and Information Resources, EDUCAUSE, and Emory University.

Hamson said, "It is an honor to be selected from among so many exceptional applicants and represent CUL at the Frye. My year-long practicum will focus on Columbia University’s Manhattanville expansion as a case study for the role of business intelligence in a university setting. Not only do I look forward to the personal enrichment that this program affords, but I also have the opportunity to apply what I will learn for Columbia’s benefit--and that is a very exciting prospect."

Before becoming the Curator of Manuscripts and University Archives in 2004, Hamson worked at Princeton University where she served as Archivist for the University Archives Project (2002-2004) Prior to that Hamson worked at the Chemical Heritage Foundation in Philadelphia as Archivist (1999-2002) and Archives Assistant/Project Cataloger (1997-1999). She has served as Adjunct Lecturer at Camden County College, teaching courses in Ancient History and U.S. History (1993-2004). Hamson received her Master’s in American History from Rutgers University in 1995.

Columbia University Libraries is one of the top ten academic library systems in the nation, with 9.2 million volumes, over 65,650 serials, as well as extensive collections of electronic resources, manuscripts, rare books, microforms, and other nonprint formats. The collections and services are organized into 25 libraries, supporting specific academic or professional disciplines. Columbia Libraries employs more than 400 professional and support staff to assist faculty, students, and researchers in their academic endeavors. The Libraries’ website at is a gateway to its print and electronic collections and to its services.

02/09/07 LMK