Library Board of Trustees

We are chartered by the Board of Regents. A fifteen member Board of Trustees is appointed by the County Legislature to serve three-year terms, providing leadership and governance.

Contact the Board of Trustees

President
Tompkins County Public Library Board of Trustees
101 E. Green Street
Ithaca NY 14850

Board Members

Bruce Ryan

Bruce Ryan
President

Dean of External Affairs
Tompkins Cortland Community College

"The public library is a vital part of our community and its purpose aligns with my core values and interests in education."

Kenneth A. McClane

Kenneth A. McClane
Vice-President

W.E.B. Du Bois Professor of Literature
Stephen H. Weiss Presidential Fellow
Cornell University

"When I was growing up in Harlem, the NY Public Library was my home, from 3 to 6 every day because my parents were at work. There I learned, with the help of two wonderful librarians, how to read, love books, and appreciate the complex world about me. Libraries are our great democratic institutions and I'll do anything to help them thrive."

Thompson Terry
Treasurer

Owner
Thompson Terry & Associates
Ithaca, NY

Janet Corson-Rikert

Janet Corson-Rikert
Secretary

Associate Vice President Emerita for Campus Health & Director of Gannett Health Services, Retired
Cornell University

"As an Ithaca native, I have deep roots in the TCPL. I was a childhood patron of the 'old' library and my mother was active on both the TCPL board and the Friends of the Library. When I moved back to Ithaca with young children of my own, I was delighted to introduce them to this wonderful resource. It gives me great pleasure to serve on the board and support the library's vibrant role in our community."

Kris Altucher

Kris Altucher
Associate Dean for Institutional Research and Organizational Learning
Tompkins Cortland Community College

“I have a life-long love of libraries, and I see them as the heart of the community. The Tompkins County Public Library provides so much to so many people, I'm honored to support it and play a part in guiding it forward. “

Leslie Daniels

Leslie Daniels
Writer

"As a writer, the library is my spiritual home, a never ending house party in celebration of reading. As a citizen too, I am at home here; the library is an open gateway to knowledge, an invitation to travel beyond the framework of one's own life and language."

Ingrid Jensen

Ingrid Jensen
Co-Director, Johnson Leadership Fellows Program
Senior Associate Director, Leadership Programs
Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management
Cornell University

"I love public libraries. They are filled with children, students, immigrants, seniors, and sometimes those with nowhere else to go. In short, everyone. To all, they offer a window to the world, stories, practical information, and the full range of human knowledge, history, and culture. And no one is turned away. To be able to contribute to such an essential institution, in any small way, in an absolute honor."

Luca Maurer

Luca Maurer
Director, LGBT Education, Outreach & Services Program
Ithaca College

"Libraries offer wonder, sanctuary, community, access to the world — in short, they are fundamental to justice and to freedom. I'm honored to serve in this role for our vital community institution."

Don Trotter

Don Trotter
Research Laboratory, Corning, Inc. (retired)
Corning, NY

"I want to help make TCPL the kind of library we'd like to have, one which empowers everyone in the community to become better educated, better informed, and happier. Why? Because I want to live in a community of well-educated, well-informed, happy people."

Helena Maria Viramontes

Helena Maria Viramontes
Professor of Creative Writing
Cornell University

"Public libraries are the heart and soul of a community and a space where one can freely exercise his or her imagination. It saved and nurtured me!"

Rochelle Proujansky

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