Mark I. Greenberg has been hired as Dean of Libraries at Western Washington University, in Bellingham, WA.  He started as Western’s new Dean of Libraries on June 1, 2013, following a national search. As Dean of Libraries, Greenberg is responsible for the overall leadership, management and direction of Western Libraries and their programs.


Both his education and career have taken a circuitous route.  After earning a B.A in history and political science from the University of Toronto and an M.A. in public history from University of Western Ontario, Greenberg enrolled in UF’s Ph.D. program in 1990.  Under the supervision of the late Samuel Proctor, he worked in the Oral History Program and then as assistant editor of the Florida Historical Quarterly.  He completed his dissertation, “Creating Ethnic, Class, and Southern Identity in Nineteenth-Century America: The Jews of Savannah, Georgia, 1830-1880,” in 1997.  Following graduation, he took a job as resident historian at the Museum of the Southern Jewish Experience in Jackson, MS, where he put his expertise in southern Jewish history and background in public history to good use.

In large part due to his education at UF and extensive connections in Florida, in November 2001 Greenberg received an opportunity to serve as Director of the Florida Studies Center in the library at the University of South Florida.  There, he oversaw USF’s Oral History Program and engaged in a variety of projects to advance the study of Florida throughout the Tampa Bay region.  While at USF, he became Director of the library’s Special Collections Department and earned his M.A. in Library and Information Science in December 2006.

When Greenberg left USF in April 2013 to become Dean of Libraries at WWU, he was a member of the library dean’s senior management team with direct responsibility for Special and Digital Collections, the Florida Studies Center, Oral History Program, and Holocaust and Genocide Studies Center.