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Memorial: Susan Nutter, 1944–2019

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Susan Nutter

Susan Keene Nutter, former vice provost and director of the NC State University Libraries, died on March 25, 2019, at age 74.

Nutter led the NC State University Libraries from 1987 to 2017. Her achievements ranged from building world-class research collections and leading the creation of the online library, to attracting and developing a talented staff, to overseeing the design and realization of spaces for learning, collaboration, and discovery, including the award-winning James B. Hunt Jr. Library.

Prior to going to NC State, Nutter was associate director of Barker Engineering Library at MIT and a Council on Library Resources academic library management intern at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Nutter was active in the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), serving as president 1992–1993 and on the Board of Directors 1989–1994. She also served on numerous ARL committees, task forces, and working groups in the areas of collections, copyright, governance, and leadership.

A memorial service will be held on Friday, May 31, at 10:30 a.m. at the James B. Hunt Jr. Library, NC State University, Raleigh, NC. Contributions may be made to the libraries’ Susan K. Nutter Innovative Leadership Fund.

Visit the memorial website honoring Susan Nutter to learn more about her life and career and to share thoughts, memories, and photos. Also see Nutter’s obituary, published on April 14 in the Raleigh News & Observer.