TROY - Troy University officials have appointed Dr. Chris Shaffer as Dean of Library Services, effective immediately.
Shaffer, who joined the University's staff in 2005 as a social sciences reference librarian, has served as Director of the Dothan Campus Library since 2007 and is an associate professor. He assumes the post left vacant by the retirement of longtime dean, Dr. Henry Stewart.
"Dr. Shaffer's experience and his dedication to serving the needs of our students make him a good choice to carry on the outstanding work of Dr. Henry Stewart," said Chancellor Jack Hawkins, Jr. "Our library services are a strength of this University and impact every facet of academic life, so we conducted an extensive search to ensure we appointed the right leader. Dr. Shaffer's academic and international experience, coupled with his proven stewardship, suggests he is that leader."
Under Shaffer's leadership, library systems on the Dothan Campus were made consistent with other University libraries and he spearheaded a highly successful grant writing campaign that expanded the scope and programs offered at the Dothan Campus Library, culminating with the Troy University Dothan Library receiving the 2014 Alabama Library Association's Humanitarian Award.
He completed his undergraduate studies in history at Auburn University, earned a master's in education from Georgia Regents University, an education specialist degree at Albany State University, a master's degree in library and information science at the University of Alabama and his doctorate in educational leadership, policy and law from Alabama State University.
Prior to joining the University, Shaffer was a serials cataloging assistant at the University of Alabama, taught history in Georgia public schools, and twice taught English as a Second Language in Banska Bystrica, Slovakia.