Pequot Library names interim director


Martha Gates Lord, Ed.D., has been named interim executive director of the Pequot Library. She replaces Dan Snydacker, who announced his resignation June 1.

“We are absolutely thrilled to have Martha take over the reins at Pequot Library” said Bill Russell, president of the Board of Trustees. “She is a seasoned executive in the education and not-for-profit industry, is passionate about this library and this community, and brings with her a world of valuable experience.”

Lord has been in the education and not-for-profit industry for more than 15 years, serving as associate head of school at Greens Farms Academy, head of school at two private secondary institutions, and most recently as interim executive director at The Big Apple Circus.

Lord was previously president and founder of a leadership consulting firm that worked with more than 70 organizations in Connecticut and New York.

She attended Johns Hopkins as an undergraduate, and has earned a master’s degree in financial management and a doctorate in education.

She resides in Fairfield with her family.

“I’m very excited to be joining the staff at the library,” she said in a press release. “Pequot Library is such a special place, with a wonderful staff and unbelievable support from its volunteers and the community. I am confident I can help the library continue to thrive.”

The interim position began Aug. 1 and continues through Jan. 31, 2013.

“This is a big win for the Pequot Library Association,” said Alison Barry, chairman of the library’s Executive Search Committee. “We have addressed an immediate need to fill the executive director position, and importantly have found someone who has experience generating meaningful results in a short timeframe. This gives us the time to conduct a thorough search for the full-time position.”

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