Lovelace Named Executive Director of the Wisconsin Library Association

Posted by Paula Ganyard on Wednesday, September 11, 2013 in WLA News

The Wisconsin Library Association (WLA) Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Plumer Lovelace III has been named Executive Director. Mr. Lovelace will lead their efforts to help strengthen library services for the citizens of Wisconsin. Lovelace is a seasoned executive who has over 17 years of experience in association management; much of that time has been spent providing leadership and advocacy for non-profits.

WLA President Paula Ganyard said, "The WLA Board of Directors looks forward to working with Plumer. He will be a strong and an effective leader for WLA as we work to strengthen the Association. He has a passion for creating a culture of innovation, which I think is exactly what WLA needs right now.”

Lovelace replaces Lisa Strand who left WLA last December to pursue another career opportunity.

Before joining WLA, Lovelace worked with The Rees Group where he served as the Executive Director for the National Council on Measurement in Education; the International Society of Psychiatric Mental Health Nurses and the Health Care Education Association. He successfully implemented several technology solutions to expand member touch points, increased membership and created a distance education program.

Lovelace adds, “I’m thrilled with the opportunity to join the Wisconsin Library Association and to become part of the association’s important future.”

Prior to managing associations, Lovelace served as Vice President for the Credit Union National Association’s Learning Technology area. At CUNA, Lovelace was responsible for the research and development of all electronic education for the organization. This included instructional videotapes, CD-ROM, web-based training and satellite broadcast. CUNA is the national trade association for America’s credit union system, providing services to the nation's 10,500 affiliated credit unions.

Lovelace is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he received his BA in Communication Arts. He also holds an Associate degree in Graphic Arts from Milwaukee Area Technical College and has completed graduate course work in Educational Technology. His recreational activities include travel, photography, motorcycles and tennis.

Lovelace will begin his duties October 1, 2013 and is looking forward to meeting as many members as possible at the WLA Annual Conference in Green Bay, October 22 – 25, 2013.

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