MPLA Past Presidents

The Past President’s Advisory Council (PPAC) was formed in 2017 as an advisory/advocacy group whose mission is to support the association, mentor new board members, and otherwise help move MPLA forward in current initiatives. The group is comprised of past presidents of the association. Read more about the PPAC at (page 62).

Quarterly meetings are held throughout the year and an in-person gathering is held at each MPLA conference. Past president’s are encouraged to consider making a donation to MPLA at to help further association goals and support important initiatives such as MPLA’s Leadership Institute

Past presidents who are not currently members are encouraged to join again at Retiree memberships are only $15! This is the only way MPLA has of keeping current contact information for past presidents.

Years Name Library/Institution State
2022-2023 Brenda Hemmelman South Dakota State Library South Dakota
2021-2022 Robin Newell Emporia Public Library Kansas
2019-2021 Stephen Sweeney Saint John Vianney Theological Seminary Colorado
2018-2019 Leslie Langley Southeast Oklahoma Library System Oklahoma
2017-2018 / 2014-2015 Annie Epperson University of Northern Colorado Colorado
2016-2017 Mickey Coalwell LSSI Kansas
2015-2016 Eric Stroshane North Dakota State Library North Dakota
2013-2014 Wendy Wendt Grand Forks Public Library North Dakota
2012-2013 JaNae Kinikin Weber State University Utah
2011-2012 Dana Braccia Scottsdale Public Library System Arizona
2010-2011 Elvita Landau Brookings Public Library South Dakota
2009-2010 Eileen Wright Montana State University-Billings Library Montana
2008-2009 Robert Banks Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library Kansas
2007-2008 Wayne Hanway Southeastern Public Library System Oklahoma
2005-2007 Sharon Osenga Meridian Library System Nebraska
2004-2005 Beth Avery Western State College of Colorado Colorado
2003-2004 Carol Hammond Thunderbird: American Graduate School of International Management Arizona
2002-2003 Jean Hatfield Johnson County Library Kansas
2001-2002 Debbie Iverson Sheridan College Library Wyoming
2000-2001 Linda Rea Hastings Public Library Nebraska
1999-2000 Marilyn Hinshaw Eastern Oklahoma District Library System Oklahoma
1998-1999 Roann Masterson University of Mary North Dakota
1997-1998 Carol Connor Director Lincoln Public Library Nebraska
1996-1997 Judy Kulp Asst. Director Central Colorado Library System Colorado
1994-1996 Blaine H. Hall Brigham Young University Library Utah
1993-1994 Ronelle Thompson Director Augustana College Library South Dakota
1992-1993 Bunny (Alma) Morrison Librarian Skyview High School Library Montana
1991-1992 Corky Walters Wyoming State Library Wyoming
1990-1991 J. Dennis Day Director Salt Lake City Public Library Utah
1988-1990 Jerry Kaup Director Minot Public Library North Dakota
1987-1988 Sara Parker Montana State Librarian (Resigned July 1987 to become Pennsylvania State Librarian.) Montana
1986-1987 Duane F. Johnson Kansas State Librarian Kansas
1985-1986 Thomas T. Jones Director Bismarck Public Library North Dakota
1984-1985 Dorothy M. Liegl Deputy State Librarian South Dakota State Library South Dakota
1983-1984 Donna R. Jones Director Colby Public Library Kansas
1982-1983 Dorothy Middleton Librarian East High School Wyoming
1980-1982 Jane Kolbe Director Sioux Falls College Library South Dakota
1979-1980 Joseph J. Anderson Director Nevada State Library New Mexico
1978-1979 Jim Dertien Director Bellevue Public Library Nebraska
1977-1978 H. Robert Malinowsky University of Kansas Library Kansas
1976-1977 Wilfred L. (Vern) West Jefferson County Library (Appointed to replace Gus Hannibal.) Colorado
1975-1976 August (Gus) Hannibal III U. of Utah Library (Resigned May 10 1976 for poor health.) Utah
1974-1975 Herschel V. Anderson Director South Dakota State Library South Dakota
1973-1974 Kathlyn K. Lundgren Nebraska Western College Library Nebraska
1972-1973 Wilmot C. McFadden Rock Springs Public Library Wyoming
1971-1972 Kilbourne L. Janecek Director North Dakota State U. Library North Dakota
1970-1971 Harold G. Morehouse Director U. of Nevada Libraries New Mexico
1968-1969 Evelyn Brewster Colorado State Library Colorado
1966-1968 Charles E. Dalrymple Director Lincoln City Libraries Nebraska
1965-1966 Frank J. Anderson Director Kansas Weslyan University Library Kansas
1963-1965 Russell L. Davis Director Utah State Library Utah
1961-1963 Stuart Baillie Director School of Librarianship U. of Denver Colorado
1960-1961 / 1969-1970 Ford A. Rockwell Director Wichita City Library Kansas
1959-1960 Milton C. Abrams Director Utah State Agricultural College Library Utah
1958-1959 Robert E. Thomas Director Hutchinson Kansas Public Library Kansas
1957-1958 Lora Crouch Director Sioux Falls Public Library South Dakota
1956-1957 Leonard J. Kirkpatrick Director U. of Utah Library Utah
1955-1956 N. Orwin Rush Director U. of Wyoming Library Wyoming
1954-1955 Eulalia D. Chapman Director Bibliographical Center for Research Colorado
1953-1954 Arthur H. Parsons Director Omaha Public Library Nebraska
1952-1953 H. Dean Stallings Director North Dakota Agricultural College Library-Fargo North Dakota
1951-1952 Jerome Cushman Director Salina Public Library Kansas
1950-1951 Frank A. Lundy Director U. of Nebraska Library-Lincoln Nebraska
1949-1950 Ruth V. Tyler Director Salt Lake County Library Utah
1948-1949 Ralph T. Esterquist Asst. Director U. of Denver Libraries Colorado

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