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Dean hired to lead Cunningham Memorial Library

March 13, 2014


Indiana State University alumna Robin A. Crumrin will return to campus July 1 as dean of library services at Cunningham Memorial Library.

“[My husband and I are] both really looking forward to being part of the ISU family again,” Crumrin said. “We’re very excited about all the changes that have taken place since we’ve been gone. We’re really pleased to be moving back to the area.”

Crumrin graduated from Indiana State with a bachelor’s degree in German in 1979 and received a Master of Library Science from Indiana University in 1993.

She will vacate her position as the associate dean of the Collections and Information Access Group at the Indiana University-Purdue University Library in Indianapolis, a post she’s held since 2007. Crumrin has also worked as the director of digital initiatives and the acquisitions team leader at IUPUI. She consulted as the library implementation manager during a sabbatical leave project at the Indiana State Library in Indianapolis and has offered numerous presentations and published several papers.

After a nationwide search, Crumrin was selected from a pool of 24 candidates. Gregory Youngen, who has served as the library’s interim dean since August, will return to his previous post as associate dean upon Crumrin’s arrival.

“It’s a great testament to the quality and reputation of Cunningham Memorial Library and its faculty and staff that this search attracted such a large pool of very well-qualified candidates,” said Richard “Biff” Williams, in announcing Crumrin’s selection. “We are thrilled that we have found our dean in an Indiana State alumna and know that under Robin’s leadership, the library will only build on that reputation.”

Crumrin says she’s looking forward to continuing the library’s level of excellence and expanding service into new areas that will benefit the campus and community.

“I really appreciate their theme of being the campus’ living room. It is just a beehive of activity. I want to continue that when I arrive,” she said.

Crumrin’s husband, Tim, is a two-time alumnus of Indiana State and several of their family members live in Terre Haute.

“There’s a little piece of me that has always been at ISU. When this opportunity opened up, I wanted to go for it. It’s just been great to see what all has been happening on the campus,” Crumrin said.


Writer: Libby Roerig, media relations assistant director, Office of Communications and Marketing, Indiana State University, 812-237-3790 or