Bella Karr Gerlich. Photo Courtesy of University of Alaska Fairbanks. Photo by Todd Paris.

Texas Tech Names New Dean of Libraries

Bella Karr Gerlich is an active researcher with an extensive background in university libraries.

Bella Karr Gerlich will begin a new chapter at Texas Tech University as professor and dean of the University Libraries. Gerlich is currently dean of libraries at University of Alaska-Fairbanks, and will assume her new role March 1.

She replaces Donald Dyal, who retired in August after serving as dean since 2001. Earnstein Dukes is serving as interim dean.

“The contributions of our libraries are critical to Texas Tech’s educational mission and its research and scholarly activity,” said Lawrence Schovanec, Texas Tech provost and senior vice president. “I am confident that Dr. Gerlich will provide leadership that will build on the strengths of the TTU Libraries that advance our ambitions to be a great public research university.”

Gerlich has decades of experience in library work. She received her undergraduate degree from Virginia Commonwealth University, a masters of public management from Carnegie Mellon University and her doctorate in library and information sciences from the University of Pittsburgh.