EDINBURG - Lawrence M. Caylor, former director of the Forsyth Library at Fort Hays State University in Kansas, has joined UTPA as the new director of The University of Texas-Pan American Library.
"The library stands at the core of education, for it protects the past as much as it defines the future," Caylor said. "I am very pleased and excited to be part of The University of Texas-Pan American."
Dr. Farzaneh Razzaghi, assistant director for research services, had served as interim director since the resignation of Dr. Elinor Folger Foster at the end of 1998.
Caylor, who holds a master of library science degree from the School of Librarianship at the University Oregon, had served as director at FHSU since 1993. His job duties included long-range planning for automated services, budgeting, evaluating personnel, fund raising, development of off-campus library services and participation in the merger of community colleges with FHSU.
He worked at the University of Massachusetts in Lowell from 1980 to 1993, including associate director for technical services and automation from 1991 to 1993, as head of collection development from 1985 to 1993, as head of acquisitions from 1980 to 1993.
Caylor also holds a master of arts in Latin, which he received in 1974 from the University of Oregon, and is ABD in comparative literature with a concentration in Classics, medieval and renaissance literatures, also from the University of Oregon. He received a bachelor of arts in philosophy in 1963 from St. Mary's College of California.
While at FHSU, Caylor served on the Council of Deans and Directors of Libraries, a subcommittee established by the Kansas Board of Regents, from 1994-95 and 1998-99, holding the position of chair in 1994-95. He has been a member of the American Library Association since 1982.