Anita Summers, the system’s assistant director, was chosen over two out-of-state candidates for the job and will take over as the head of the three-county system after Director Susan White retires Jan. 31, the library system announced in a news release Wednesday.
Summers started her career with the Sequoyah Regional Library System in 1989 and was named as assistant director in 2008. After five years in the No. 2 spot, she said she’s up to the challenge of taking hold of the reins for the whole operation.
“I appreciate the library board’s confidence in me,” said Summers, a resident of Ellijay and mother of two. “I will work very hard to continue this library system’s history of superior library service for the citizens of Cherokee, Pickens and Gilmer counties.”
White, who is calling it quits after 42 years in the Sequoyah library system, said Summers will do great.
“After knowing her for 24 years, I know that she will do a tremendous job and lead this library system into the future with much success for the public and staff,” White said. “I am thrilled to know that Anita Summers has been hired as director to follow me.”
Summers said she’s learned many of the skills she needs to succeed from her predecessor.
“I have learned a great deal from Susan White, who has been an excellent director,” Summers said. “I feel that working as her assistant over the past five years gives me a good head start toward guiding the library system through its current and future challenges.”