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Pratt library chooses Krabbe as acting CEO

Gordon E. Krabbe

Gordon E. Krabbe

The Enoch Pratt Free Library’s Board of Trustees has chosen Gordon E. Krabbe, the library’s director of administrative services, as acting chief executive officer. He is replacing Dr. Carla D. Hayden who leaves the Pratt after 23 years to serve as the 14th Librarian of Congress.

“It is an honor to be selected by the library’s trustees to serve the Pratt library in this role,” said Krabbe. “My No. 1 focus is to continue the Pratt’s mission of lifelong learning and equal access to all patrons across the city of Baltimore and the state of Maryland. The library system is currently in a very stable and strong position with the renovation of the central library, upcoming branch renovations, the creation of a mobile job unit, and additional library hours from a legislation passed by the Maryland General Assembly. This is a historic time at the Pratt and I am grateful to the board for their confidence and support.”

Since 1989, Krabbe has served as the Pratt Library’s chief operating officer with oversight of financial, human resource, facility, and information system divisions. He also serves as the library’s Equal Employment Opportunity officer.

Prior to joining the library, Krabbe served as assistant director of the Maryland State Mental Hygiene Administration. He has a master’s degree in Business Administration and attended the Harvard University-JFK Senior Executives 2002 Summer Program. He was born and raised in Baltimore and is a graduate of Baltimore Polytechnic Institute. He is married with two sons and two grandchildren.
The Pratt Library’s Board of Trustees and Directors have established a committee to conduct the nationwide search for a permanent library CEO.