The new boss of the Okanagan Regional Library is very familiar to the organization.
Don Nettleton has been announced as the new CEO.
“After Stephanie Hall resigned her position as CEO for personal reasons, Nettleton was selected by the board of directors to become an Interim CEO while ORL looked for a new leader. Nettleton became the successful applicant for the CEO position and has officially assumed responsibilities as of Tuesday, May 22nd,” says a release.
Pictured: Don Nettleton, CEO of Okanagan Regional Library
ORL Chair Catherine Lord, is delighted with the choice. “ We have a very strong management team, and under Don’s leadership, the ORL is on a steady, visionary and progressive course that will serve us well into the future.”
Nettleton has been part of the ORL team for 24 years. During that time, the ORL moved or renovated every single branch at least once – with the exception of Cherryville. Nettleton was involved in the planning and oversaw the building of 4 library buildings – the new ORL Administrative Center, Okanagan Falls Library, Vernon Library and the Summerland Library while at the same time being responsible for the financial health of the ORL.
“I am humbled, grateful, and excited to be given this opportunity by the Board to be the 5th leader in the ORL history. Having closely worked with the past 2 leaders, I know that I have big shoes to fill but the ORL is in the position where I will be working with a very talented and strong management team to continue to develop and evolve the Library so that it remains as relevant and loved in the 21st century as it has been in the past” said Nettleton when asked about his new role and goals.
Nettleton is a CPA-CA, whose background before coming to the ORL included various financial positions as well as teaching at a High School. Nettleton has worked very closely with the board in providing leadership in the budget and capital planning for the ORL as well as many facets of the strategic plan. Nettleton will continue with some of the great work that Stephanie Hall and her predecessors had started.
Established in 1936, the Okanagan Regional Library (ORL) is the 16th largest library system in Canada, serving over 370,000 residents through 29 branches.