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."

Cindy Nicholson

Cindy Nicholson
Treasurer

Senior Manager/Civil Engineer
Tetra Tech Architects and Engineers
Ithaca, NY

“I feel our library is an important asset for our community. It is a place where I always feel welcomed. I am fortunate because I work downtown and the Library is very accessible to me, but I'm also able to access the Library’s resources on-line or at the Caroline Community Library which is near to where I live. I am honored to serve our community on the Board of Trustees.”

Peter McCracken

Peter McCracken
Secretary

Co-Founder & Director, ShipIndex.org
Trumansburg, NY

“I’m excited by the opportunity to invest my knowledge and experience in a local organization that I use regularly and care about.”

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. “

Jack Clark

Jack Clark
Liaison to the Friends of the Tompkins County Public Library and  Dean and Professor Emeritus
School of Hotel Administration
Cornell University

“I am very interested in continuing to contribute to a very special library and an important community organization.“

Janet Corson-Rikert

Janet Corson-Rikert
Associate Vice President Emerita for Campus Health & Director of Gannett Health Services
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."

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."

Risa M. Mish

Risa M. Mish
Senior Lecturer of Management
Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management
Cornell University

“Public libraries are the cornerstone of a well-informed citizenry, which, in turn, is the cornerstone of a functioning democracy. This is the values-driven reason why I support the TCPL and why I am honored to be a part of its voluntary governance. On a more personal note, the public library was the key catalyst of my youthful imagination, and was also a significant refuge, resource, and teacher for me when I needed it most. Serving TCPL is my way of repaying that debt and paying forward that gift.“

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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!"

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