Kay Schwartz, Director of Library Services for Flint Public Library, has announced her intention to retire in June 2023.
“We have been blessed with strong, courageous, dedicated directors who have led and shaped this institution into a community jewel. Kay Schwartz is one such leader,” said Reta Stanley, President of the Flint Public Library Board of Trustees in a Wednesday, Nov. 16, news release.
“As Kay looks ahead to retirement, the Board anticipates finding the next leader who will continue the legacy of this essential institution.”
Kay has guided the library along with the leadership team and board, as well as working to keep the library afloat during the recession of the 2010s, when property taxes plunged 50% along with library revenue.
Kay also spearheaded the recent transformation and renovation of the Flint Public Library, engaging the community in a vision for what could be and then securing millions of dollars in funding necessary to make the library’s transformation into a reality.
The Library Board has retained a search firm to identify potential candidates for the position of Director of Library Services who will conduct a comprehensive search and bring qualified candidates forward for consideration.
Public interviews of the finalists will be held in spring 2023, so that a smooth leadership transition can occur by June of 2023.
Learn more about the search process as it progresses by following the library on Facebook or visiting the Library website at fpl.info.
Editor’s note: Kay has been a good friend, not only to the community, but a gracious and generous host providing space for Flint Neighborhoods United to hold their monthly meetings at the Library. We will miss not only her efforts on our behalf, but her smiling face and genuine concern for our needs. Kay will be sorely missed. We wish her smooth sailing as she embarks on her well earned retirement.