The Orange County Library System’s Board of Trustees has just appointed Steve Powell as its new director/CEO.
Powell was already serving as the library’s interim director/CEO/COO since January and was selected from three finalists for the position following an eight-month search.
“What made Steve stand apart from the other candidates was the institutional knowledge he brings to the role, and the initiative he has taken over the past seven months as Interim Director,” said Crockett Bohannon, President of the library’s Board of Trustees. “He worked hard to not just keep things running smoothly at the library, but to keep things moving forward while waiting for a new director to be selected. Steve’s commitment to Orange County Library System and his fresh approach to how we serve our community is inspiring. I am excited about the future of the library under his leadership.”
Powell has worked with the library system since 2007, when he was hired as a service manager before being promoted to Facilities and Operations Department Head in 2011, and then being named the library’s Chief Operating Officer in 2018.
Former CEO Mary Anne Hodel announced her intention to retire in Spring 2020 but decided to stay on to help during the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic. She had been in that position for the past 18 years.