The Williamsburg Regional Library board of trustees is pleased to announce that Betsy Fowler has been named the director of the Williamsburg Regional Library (WRL). Fowler is the former director of library and research services for the City of Chesapeake and served as coordinator of branch services for the Central Rappahannock Regional Library, serving the City of Fredericksburg and surrounding counties. Bill Porter, chair of the WRL board of trustees says, “Betsy Fowler will be an excellent director for the library, and brings a range of experiences that will ensure the WRL continues to fulfill the needs and expectations of our community.” Fowler will begin work at the library on March 16, 2017.
Betsy Fowler has served as a library advocate, library administrator, and library consultant for over three decades. She has headed the renovation, design, and construction of more than a dozen library facilities in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Fowler is the recipient of the Public Relations Award and the Staff Person of the Year Award from the Virginia Library Directors as well as the City of Chesapeake’s City Manager’s Award. She also earned a congressional earmark for public library workforce development. Fowler earned her Masters of Science in Library Science from the Catholic University of America.
Williamsburg Regional Library consists of the James City County Library, the Stryker Center, and the Williamsburg Library and serves more than 85,000 people in the City of Williamsburg, James City County, and York County.