Clemson Libraries Appoints Cromartie Associate Dean for Organizational Performance and Inclusion


Clemson Libraries has named Shamella Cromartie, Associate Dean of Libraries at Western Carolina University, as the new Associate Dean for Organizational Performance and Inclusion. Cromartie will start at Clemson on July 1.

Cromartie will oversee the libraries’ diversity, equity and inclusion efforts, as well as assessment, marketing and communications, digital strategies and learning environments. She is one of three new Associate Deans to join the Libraries as part of its reorganization implemented in July.

Cromartie served in West Carolina for nearly three years, leading areas such as strategic planning, assessment, user services and accreditation and serving as chair of the diversity committee, equity and inclusion. She was also the first president of the Black Faculty and Staff Assembly of Western Carolina. Previously, she served as head of public services at Fayetteville State University Library and held positions at academic and public libraries.

“Shamella will be an outstanding addition to the Clemson Libraries leadership team,” said Dean of Libraries Chris Cox. “She will play a critical role in implementing our reorganization, and her experience and past leadership in assessment, strategic planning and change management will be an incredible asset to us. I am also thrilled that she is leading our diversity, equity and inclusion efforts as we continue to strive to make the libraries a welcoming place for everyone at Clemson.

Cromartie earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Fayetteville State University. She received her Masters in Library Science with an Academic Concentration from North Carolina Central University, and is currently working on her Doctor of Education in Instructional Leadership at Western Carolina University.

She is a member of the Black Caucus of the American Library Association and the American Association of University Women. She has held various leadership positions with the North Carolina Library Association, which awarded her the Roadbuilders Award from the Roundtable on Ethnic Minority Concerns in 2019. Earlier this year, she received the I Love My Librarian award. from the American Library Association for her inclusive work. approach to support research and scholarship in West Carolina. She was selected from more than 1,300 entries from library users across the country.

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Aubrey L. Morgan