ARLINGTON - Gerald Saxon, dean of UT Arlington libraries, has announced
he will step down from his administrative role in fall 2011 to return to his
research, writing and teaching in the area of western and southwestern history.
Saxon has served as administrator of the libraries since
2004. He plans a year's leave to further research and write, then will return
to teaching as a full-time Department of History faculty member.
Donald R. Bobbitt, provost and vice president for academic
affairs, said he is pleased that Saxon will continue to be a valuable member of
and contributor to the UT Arlington community.
"Gerald's enthusiasm for southwestern history is infectious,
and his breadth of institutional knowledge is a treasure for our University,"
Bobbitt said. "His future students will benefit greatly from his love of
research and teaching."
A new dean has not yet been named.
Under Saxon's direction, UT Arlington libraries made
technological advances to better serve students, faculty and staff, saw
significant space expansion and renovation and increased its acquisition
expenditures to about $6 million a year. Today, students and faculty may
receive reference services via text mail, use computerized white boards in
group study rooms and access many volumes remotely through the library's
"There's been a constant effort to improve our facilities
for students, faculty and staff," Saxon said. "Our librarians are constantly in
the classrooms, teaching literacy, bibliography and research skills... We've
really listened to our users through studies and focus groups. I think we
brought a leadership style that was truly collaborative," he said.
Saxon joined UT Arlington in 1986 as assistant director for
UT Arlington Library Special Collections and development. He began serving a
dual role as an adjunct professor of history in 1987. Saxon is an expert in
oral history methods and archival processes.
his tenure, Saxon has been credited with building the University's Special
Collections division and the library's historical cartography collection. He
oversaw development of an off-site Library Collections Depository for
important, but less-requested volumes. He also oversaw creation of four library
endowments that support materials acquisition.
his publications, Saxon authored the 1995 UTA Press book, "Transitions:
A Centennial History of The University of Texas at Arlington." He
also has served on the master's theses and doctoral dissertation committees and
the capstone committee.
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