Today, I’m honored to announce that one of the Show-Me Institute’s founders, R. Crosby Kemper III, has been confirmed by the United States Senate to be the next Director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services (“IMLS”). A federal agency established in 1996, the IMLS pursues a mission “to advance, support, and empower America’s museums, libraries, and related organizations through grantmaking, research, and policy development.”
This position requires Crosby to leave the Institute’s board of directors and his role as its chairman—a loss for our organization, but a gain for our country. I will not attempt to capture everything that Crosby means to us, and has meant to us. I will only say that his deep intellect, thoughtful counsel, good humor, and earnest engagement will be missed in the halls of Institute. The IMLS receives a happy warrior for—and tenacious defender of—our country's educational and research institutions.
Crosby, best of wishes on your new adventure, and know we’ll keep a light on for you here.