The University of Texas at Arlington has
appointed a senior Florida State University library administrator with
expertise in academic services, organizational redesign, and facility
development as the new dean of libraries.
Rebecca Bichel has served as FSU’s
associate dean for public services since 2005. She joins UT Arlington on July
“Rebecca Bichel’s extensive
record of library experience and leadership at top-tier institutions has
prepared her well as the new dean,” said Ron Elsenbaumer, UT
Arlington provost and vice president for academic affairs. “She is the right person at the right time to advance our library
and information services to the highest levels for our students, faculty and
said she looks forward to helping advance UT Arlington’s mission of becoming a
top tier research institution.
delighted to join The University of Texas at Arlington,” Bichel said. “I am so
impressed with UT Arlington’s ambitious climb to Tier One status, and I look
forward to supporting that goal by working with colleagues to shape a
world-class library system serving UT Arlington students, faculty and the North
Bichel oversaw development of a Learning Commons and Scholars Commons, with specific
facilities and staffing to support undergraduate and graduate students and
faculty scholarship. She is credited with updating services, improving customer
service and developing services for patrons with disabilities. She supervised a
team of more than 65 and served a student population of 40,000.
her appointment at FSU, Bichel served in multiple roles at Pennsylvania State
University, including social sciences and information literacy librarian. She
also served in various roles at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville and
at the University of Hawaii.
earned undergraduate degrees in economics and business administration at
Valdosta State University in Georgia and earned her Master of Library
Information Science degree from the University of Hawaii at Manoa.
dean of the UT Arlington Library, Bichel will lead a staff of about 115
employees and manage a collection of more than 1.2 million print volumes, more
than 275,000 electronic volumes and more than 72,000 serial titles. The dean
also will direct UT Arlington Special Collections, including the University’s
renowned cartography collection in the Virginia Garrett Cartographic History
Library and its extensive collection of historic photos, manuscripts and other
University of Texas at Arlington is a comprehensive research institution of
nearly 33,500 in the heart of North Texas. Visit www.uta.edu to learn more.
The University of Texas at Arlington is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer.