April 11, 2005
Director, Communications & Public Information
Dunbar Appointed to the Board
BOSTON -Richard D. Dunbar of West Springfield has been appointed by Governor Mitt Romney to a three-year term on the nine-member Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.
"I look forward to the opportunity to serve the Commonwealth and contribute to the effectiveness of the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners in providing oversight to strengthen the free public library system of the Commonwealth, and to utilize my experience to assist in this endeavor," said Dunbar.
Dunbar is currently the Vice President of Financial Operations at the Springfield Museums Association that operates the Connecticut Valley Historical Museum, George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum, Museum of Fine Arts, Springfield Science Museum, and the Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden. As chief financial officer for the past 25 years, Dunbar was also affiliated with the Springfield City Library until 2003 when the City of Springfield commenced operations for the library system.
A graduate of Elmira College in New York, Dunbar is a past treasurer of the Springfield Girls Club Family Center, past president of the Rotary Club of Great Barrington, and a member of the American Association of Museums and the New England Association of Museums.
The Board of Library Commissioners (mass.gov/mblc) is the agency of state government with the statutory authority and responsibility to organize, develop, coordinate and improve library services throughout the Commonwealth. The Board advises municipalities and library trustees on the operation and maintenance of public libraries, including construction and renovation. It administers state and federal grant programs for libraries and promotes cooperation among all types of libraries through regional library systems and automated resource sharing. It also works to ensure that all residents of the Commonwealth, regardless of their geographic location, social or economic status, age, level of physical or intellectual ability or cultural background, have access to essential new electronic information technologies and significant electronic databases.