The Boston Public Library's board of trustees today offered the president's job to the man who's been running the BPL system since the last permanent president left.
David Leonard accepted the job, the week after the trustees' first choice decided not to leave San Jose, CA. A third finalist, from Chicago, withdrew her name before the board's initial vote.
Trustee Chairman Bob Gallery praised Leonard, who has been interirm president since the last fulltime president, Amy Ryan, left last year:
The Board of Trustees and I have full confidence that the Boston Public Library has a bright future ahead with David Leonard as President; his leadership capabilities and vision over the past year have kept this great institution evolving and innovating, and we know that will continue for years to come.
Leonard, previously BPL director of administration and technology, oversaw the overhaul of the library system's network infrastructure and oversaw the $78-million revamp of the Copley Square central library.