Gerald Saxon to step down as library dean

News Release — 23 September 2010


Media contact: Kristin Sullivan, (817) 272-2761,

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.

Gerald SaxonSaxon 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 electronic services.

"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.

During 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.

Among 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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