OCLC Board of Trustees Elects Two New Members

Bernadette Gray-Little, John R. Patrick to serve on Board of world’s largest library cooperative.

The OCLC Board of Trustees has elected two new members: Bernadette Gray-Little, Chancellor of the University of Kansas, and John R. Patrick, President of Attitude LLC and former Vice President of Internet Technology at IBM Corporation. The two new members replace board members whose terms have expired.

Bernadette Gray-Little was named the 17th chancellor of the University of Kansas in August 2009. Prior to coming to the University of Kansas, she was a professor of psychology at the University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill before being named to several top administrative posts there, including executive vice chancellor and provost. Her postdoctoral research in cross-cultural psychology was funded by a fellowship from the Fulbright Foundation for study in Denmark. She has also been a Social Science Research Council Fellow and a recipient of a Ford Foundation Senior Scholar Fellowship. Dr. Gray-Little’s research falls primarily into three areas. She has studied the relevance of the client and clinician’s ethnic/racial membership to the diagnosis and treatment of psychological disorder, the factors associated with self-esteem in children and adolescents of varied ethnic groups, and decision-making and relationship satisfaction among couples. Dr. Gray-Little earned M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in psychology from St. Louis University and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Marywood College.

John R. Patrick is President of Attitude LLC consulting and former Vice President of Internet Technology at IBM, where he worked for 38 years. During his IBM career, Mr. Patrick helped start IBM’s leasing business at IBM Credit Corporation, and was senior marketing executive for the launch of the IBM ThinkPad brand. As IBM’s chief Internet technology officer, he led the company’s efforts for the next generation of the Internet. Starting in the early 1990s, he dedicated his time to fostering Internet technologies. Mr. Patrick was a founding member of the World Wide Web Consortium at MIT in 1994, a founding member and past chairman of the Global Internet Project, a member of the Internet Society, a senior member of the Association for Computing Machinery, and a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. Mr. Patrick speaks at dozens of conferences around the world. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Lehigh University, a master’s in Management from the University of South Florida and a law degree from LaSalle University, which he earned during his military service.

Dr. Gray-Little replaces Ralph Frasier, Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary (retired), The Huntington National Bank. Mr. Patrick replaces Jane Ryland, President Emerita of CAUSE, the association for managing and using information resources in higher education. The terms of Mr. Frasier and Ms. Ryland expired this year.

The OCLC Board of Trustees is made up of 15 members. Six trustees are elected by OCLC Global Council. Eight trustees are elected by the Board itself. The President of OCLC also serves on the Board. Nine of the 15 trustees currently serving on the OCLC Board of Trustees are librarians.

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Bob Murphy +1-614-761-5136
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