Porter Henderson Library Director Announces Retirement
February 27, 2018
Dr. Fortin, the Porter Henderson Library Director for over 20 years, is set to retire after an impressive career with the state of Texas.
Dr. Maurice G. Fortin, executive director of library services for the Porter Henderson Library at Angelo State University in San Angelo, Texas, has announced his retirement, effective 31 March 2018
Fortin has served as ASU’s executive director of library services since April 1996. Prior to joining ASU, he spent nearly 15 years (1981-96) in various capacities at the University of North Texas (formerly North Texas State University) Libraries in Denton, including seven years as assistant director of libraries for public service. He also participated in the Texas County Records Inventory Project at NTSU from 1976-81, advancing from editorial assistant to field director. At North Texas, he taught both undergraduate and graduate classes.
Since his arrival at ASU, Fortin has overseen more than $1.5 million in grant-funded projects, including a $1 million project that established ASU’s West Texas Collection at its current location in the ASU Houston Harte University Center.
Active throughout the ASU campus, Fortin has taught undergraduate classes and is the faculty sponsor for the Newman Center Student Association. He also serves on the Deans and Department Chairs group, University Curriculum Committee, and chairs the Library Committee. He previously served on the University Master Plan Committee, Academic Master Plan Review Committee, University Technology Committee and Quality Enhancement Plan Development Committee for ASU’s re-accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, among many others. He also served as a peer evaluator for the Commission on Colleges for SACS.
Also a dedicated researcher, Fortin has given or chaired more than 50 historical and educational presentations throughout Texas, contributed to five books and published more than two dozen articles and reviews in industry journals. He has also acted as a consultant for county and college/university libraries in Texas.
Fortin is a long-time member of the American Library Association, Texas Library Association, Texas Council of Academic Libraries and Phi Beta Mu international honor society for library and information studies. He earned a bachelor’s degree in history and master’s degrees in history and library science from the former NTSU and his doctorate in higher education administration from the University of North Texas.
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