New AVP for University Libraries Joins St. Thomas

St. Thomas announced July 1 that Dr. Sheila Yeh will be joining the Division of Academic Affairs as its new associate vice provost for university libraries beginning Aug. 30.

Sheila Yeh

Yeh is coming to St. Thomas from Kansas State University where, since 2019, she has served as associate dean for collections, discovery and information technology services. Prior to that, she was assistant university librarian for library information technology at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa (2017-19) and library digital infrastructure and technology coordinator at the University of Denver (2012-17).

In her role at Kansas State, Yeh led several initiatives to fill resource gaps and improve processes, communication and collaboration at all levels. Notably, she has served as chair of the steering committee for the Sunderland Foundation Innovation Lab, which provides community members access to the latest innovation technologies and is set to open in fall 2021.

In addition to her master’s degree in library and information science. Yeh holds a PhD in computer and information systems, an MSE in industrial and human factors engineering, and two bachelor’s degrees: a BA in foreign languages and literature and a BS in computer science.

“I am excited to be joining the University of St. Thomas community,” Yeh said. “I look forward to contributing to the success of St. Thomas 2025 with the talented teams at the University Libraries and Academic Affairs.”

Yeh is replacing Dan Gjelten, who retired on June 30 after serving St. Thomas for 30 years. Prior to Yeh’s arrival in late August, Associate Director of University Libraries Meg Manahan will serve as interim director.

Many thanks to search committee members Greg Argo, Karen Brunner, Ben Durrant, Ann Johnson, Avinash Malshe and Tyler Schipper, and to the library team and library advisory committee members who attended sessions and provided feedback. Thanks also to Sara Jude, HR talent acquisition partner.

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