Dec 21, 2017
Lenoir 'Lee' Keesler is president and CEO of the Charlotte
Mecklenburg Library, one of America's leading urban public library
systems. Lee provides overall strategic vision, direction and
leadership for the organization and oversight of enterprise
administration and Library Foundation activities. He also serves as
relationship manager for the Library-Mecklenburg County
partnership. Prior to joining the Library, Lee served as president
and CEO of the Arts & Science Council of Charlotte-Mecklenburg
and primarily in wholesale banking leadership roles for First
Union/Wachovia Bank (now Wells Fargo Bank). He holds a BA in
economics from Duke University and an MBA from Wake Forest
This episode is perfect for anyone interested in the future of the
Charlotte Mecklenburg Library and in hearing about a life of
community care and stewardship.
IN THIS EPISODE
Lee describes this time in the library's history and
how the library is transforming.
He talks about
the community expects from the library and re-framing
the library mission.
He discusses what is a library,
the many different services the library delivers, and the
opportunities the library has in the years ahead.
addresses concerns about the homeless and transient people
who use the library and speaks to their patronage.
the vision and 'top of the house' theme for a new main
library, the three defining elements that make up
that vision, what the main library will 'major' and 'minor' in, and
what Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs has to do with it.
He identifies the
architects who that will design the new main
library, what they are being charged to create, and
the contributions they are making.
He answers how the project for the new main library will be
the library will break ground, and when it will be
Lee shares the
history of his family in the Carolinas.
He describes how his brothers are different temperamentally and
what his brothers would say about him.
He reveals the sport he gravitated to as a young man and
why he chose his career.
the three chapters of his life that he charted, whether he
thinks of himself as a banker, and what motivated him to seek
Lee shares why becoming president of the Arts & Science Council
was a watershed moment in his life,
what he learned about himself as a leader, his strengths
as a CEO, and what he could do better.
the Lee Keesler we don't see.
He explains what
the Royal Dornoch Golf Club has to do with heaven.
He talks about the books he likes to read and his interest in books
about women by women narrated by women.
what is most important to him.
After the conversation, host Mark Peres adds a personal word that
begins this way, "I have been drawn to libraries my whole life,
from reading books in cubbies in elementary schools to making a
beeline to see the lions and the reading room in the New York
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