Cassels named county library interim director


Search for Carnegie Libary director continuing

By Charles Warner - cwarner@civitasmedia.com



Courtesy photo Mike Cassels has been appointed Union County Carnegie Library Interim Director.


By Charles Warner

cwarner@civitasmedia.com

UNION COUNTY — A former educator and administrator with the Union County School District has been appointed interim director of the Union County Carnegie Library.

In a statement released earlier this week, Union County Carnegie Library Board of Trustees Chairperson Anita Maness announced that the board had appointed Mike Cassels to serve as interim director.

“I am pleased to announce that Mike Cassels will serve as the interim director of the Union County Carnegie Library upon the departure of Ben Loftis on October 16, 2015,” Maness said. “Mike’s interim appointment carries the full support of the Board of Trustees of the Union County Carnegie Library. Mike will continue as interim director while the search for a new director is ongoing.”

Cassels, who began serving as interim director on Monday, succeeds former director Ben Loftis who resigned as the library’s director to take a similar position with the Cherokee County Library System.

In an interview with The Union Daily Times, Cassels said he was asked by Maness and the board to serve as interim director while the search for a permanent director is under way. Maness said he feels the board’s decision to ask him to serve is partly due to his experience as a member of the board helping to recruit Loftis as library director. He said another factor is his experience as an administrator while works as an assistant principal and principal with the Union County School District.

During his 38-year career with the school district, Cassels was not only involved in school administration but also worked as a teacher. In addition to teaching and working in school administration, Cassels said he was also involved in teacher recruitment. He said he would do everything he could to assist the board in the ongoing effort to recruit a new director.

“We hope to get somebody as soon as possible,” Cassels said. “We have already advertised and been in contact with some people about the director’s job.”

Cassels said that in addition to helping recruit a new director, he will put his experience in school administration to continue moving forward the planned renovation of the library.

“We have an ongoing project to renovate the library and I have some experience with buildings in the school system,” Cassels said. “We’re hoping to maybe have the renovations start soon.”

Even with all of his experience, however, Cassels said he will be relying heavily on the library’s staff.

“These people here are the experts,” Cassels said. “They do a great job and I will depend on them to continue that.”

Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090 or cwarner@civitasmedia.com.

Courtesy photo Mike Cassels has been appointed Union County Carnegie Library Interim Director.
http://uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/web1_IMG_3649.jpgCourtesy photo Mike Cassels has been appointed Union County Carnegie Library Interim Director.
Search for Carnegie Libary director continuing

By Charles Warner

cwarner@civitasmedia.com

Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090 or cwarner@civitasmedia.com.

Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090 or cwarner@civitasmedia.com.

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